This Device Might Change the Way You Travel Forever
One of the most frustrating experiences of traveling is not being able to communicate with the locals. But what if you could travel the globe and never get lost in translation again? That's the idea behind The Pilot, a smart earpiece from wearable-tech company Waverly Labs that can translate conversations in real time.
For The Pilot to work, both people having the conversation must be wearing an earpiece. Using speech-recognition technology, it can translate words as they're spoken. For example, if you're speaking to someone who speaks Italian, they'll hear you in English and you'll hear them in Italian.
According to the company's website, the device will initially be equipped to handle Germanic and Romance languages (like Italian, Spanish, English, and French). That last one is particularly fitting, since Waverly Labs founder Andrew Ochoa came up with the idea for The Pilot after he met a French girl whom he had trouble communicating with.
"It's the dream, you know?" he says in an ad released by the company. "A life untethered, free of language barriers. It's just that it's no longer a dream anymore. It's real."
Eventually, The Pilot will be able to handle Hindi, Slavic, East Asian, and Semitic languages as well. Earpieces, which are being sold in pairs, will go retail between $249 and $299 a pair, can be preordered through Indiegogo starting this spring.
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