Imagine a world without language barriers. That's the concept behind an amazing new language device that offers users the chance to instantly bridge the communication gap that currently exists between speakers of different languages.
The device is called The Pilot Earbuds system and it's developer, Waverly Labs, promises to revolutionize two-way communication when their product hits the market early next year. The earpiece is shaped very similar to a regular earbud, but comes without any wires or cables and works with or without an internet connection.
“[Pilot] uses the latest technologies in speech recognition, machine translation and wearable tech to allow wearers to converse without language barriers,” Waverly Labs says on its website. “Where other smart earpieces in wearable technology are designed for fitness tracking or audio enhancement, we’re committed to bridging language barriers.”
The Pilot is designed for the international traveler and includes a second earpiece (used together for wireless music streaming), a battery charger for additional charges on the go, and an accompanying app to download and toggle languages in the earpiece. It works in pairs, meaning you wear one earpiece and the person you're speaking with wears the other. When you speak, the earpieces will pick up your voice, send it to the app via Bluetooth, and then transmit the translated speech into the other person's ear almost instantaneously.
The original version will offer language translation services for English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Waverly labs promises to expand that list to East Asian, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Slovik, and other languages in the near future.
The technology behind Pilot earbuds isn't all brand new. Several years ago, Microsoft developed Skype Translator, which converts speech into text, then audibly speaks it back to the other person. The initial press releases for Pilot have not explained any of the new technology behind their device.
Still in development, the Pilot will retail for between $299 per set (includes two earpieces) but pre-orders are available for between $129 - $179.
A word of warning.
While the idea that you can pre-order Pilot Earbuds for up to half off the retail price may be tempting for some, it is also worth noting that pre-ordering a product not yet available for purchase is not without risk.
In 2014, Facebook users blew up digital media sharing video of an amazing new drink cooler called the “Coolest Cooler”, a party cooler that featured a rechargeable blender, Bluetooth speakers, and a USB charger. Its inventor used the internet fundraiser- Kickstarter, to rake in over $10 million in start-up funding through pre-orders. Because it was slammed with so many back-orders, the developers of the Coolest Cooler struggled to deliver the product in a timely fashion.
For more information, please visit www.waverlylabs.com