In sci-fi and futuristic movies, do you know how all the characters use advanced technology to automatically translate our language so they are able to understand what they’re saying? It actually turns out that the kind of futuristic language processing technology is not too far from our hands. At least, that is the promise from the Pilot, a smart earpiece that automatically translates languages and translates it into one you can understand.
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Each pilot earpiece works with an app that accompanies it, which actually handles the translation being made. As long as you keep both the devices paired together the entire time, anything you hear with enough clarity can be repeated in your own language. This device is able to work without an internet connection, so you are able to use it anywhere, whether you’re talking to a foreign speaker, or traveling to a foreign country. You only need to keep one earpiece on of the translation being made of the language, although it does come in pairs since they also double as wireless music headphones. It is also claimed to be the first ‘smart earpiece’ being able to translate between two languages.
A video about the Pilot earpiece can be viewed here.
The company that created this product, Waverly Labs, say that “This little wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other.”At their launch, it will support English, Spanish, French, and Italian, with additional languages available ‘soon after’, including ‘East Asian, Hindi, Semitic, Arabic, Slavic, and African’. Waverly Labs plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo where interested people in this product will have the ability to pre-order the Pilot between $129 (£90) and $179 (£125), but it is expected to retail between $250 (£174) and $300 (£209). Pre-orders have opened from the 25th of May, which you can find here, with the product shipping between autumn and next spring, on a first-come-first-serve basis, and they will come in three colours. This product won’t be released until spring of 2017 at a price of $299, but as I said earlier it is available for preorder, but it is an interesting way of crossing over the language gap if it actually does.
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