- The ‘Pilot’ is claimed to be able to translate speech like the Babel Fish
- Comprises 2 earpieces to be worn by people speaking different languages
- Will launch to translate between English, French, Spanish and Italian
- Gadget is available to pre-order from $299
If trying to order dinner or asking for directions fills you with fear due to your terrible grasp of spanish, don’t panic.
A new in-ear gadget claims to be able to translate speech instantly
The system, named the Pilot, will cost $249 and go on sale later this year.
It works through two earpieces, one worn by each person in the conversation.
HOW IT WORKS
The Pilot looks like a normal set of wireless earphones, but the user can take one out and give it to someone else.
Using specially designed noise-canceling microphones to filter out ambient noise from the speech of someone talking.
The speech is then passed through the Pilot app, where layers of speech translation technologies occur.
The translated language is sent to the other user wearing the second earpiece .
It all occurs simultaneously without interruption, as each person speaks to one another.
It is claimed to be the first ‘smart earpiece’ capable of translating between two languages, and was shown off at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The company behind the technology, Waverly Labs, said: ‘This little wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other.’
It will support five languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, with other being added as upgrades at a later date.
It is designed to work offline so it won’t incur data charges when used overseas.
The New York- based company behind the Pilot said both wireless earpieces can be used by one person for listening to music.
The gadget was invented by Waverly Labs founder Andrew Ochoa who said he had the idea for it ‘after meeting a French girl’.