This smart earpiece will translate languages in real-time

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Whenever you’re traveling to a country that speaks a different language, you always want to try and learn a few phrases in advance. However, that notion usually comes crashing down about five minutes after stepping off the plane and nobody has a clue what you’re trying to say when you need directions.

If that sounds familiar to you then this smart in-ear device could be exactly what you need.

Pilot is a smart earpiece that uses bluetooth technology that allows  two people to  communicate and translate conversations in different languages as they are spoken and still clearly understand each other. Created by Andrew Ochoa of Waverly Labs after meeting a French girl, the revolutionary device will launch as an Indiegogo campaign this spring.


The Pilot Source : Waverly Labs
The Pilot
Source : Waverly Labs


So, if you have it in your ear and you’re talking to someone who speaks French – you will hear what they say in English and they will hear you in French.


Both participants in the conversation will need to be wearing a Pilot but the manufacturers will be selling them in pairs so you don’t need to seek out owners of the device in the street.

Regarding exactly how the device works, Waverly Labs has remained tight-lipped, only saying it uses “translation technology” and is connected to an app on your phone, which works offline. The ear pieces can also be used as wireless headphones for listening to music.


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In that sense, what Waverly Labs is offering isn’t much different to Skype’s in-call translator feature. If Skype was to make that available as a standalone app that connects to any headphones then it would essentially be the same thing.

But if the Pilot is your type of gadget, it is available to preorder from May 25 when Waverly Labs launches an Indiegogo campaign to support the project. It comes in three colors – black, white and red – and will set you back between $129-$179. It is expected to retail for $250-$300 after the limited preorders run out.

There will be a lot of happy people waiting for this one.


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