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New earbuds can translate languages in real-time


While roaming in a foreign country without much
grasp of the local language, its always very difficult to understand their sayings easily.
But a nifty new wearable technology could soon make conversing with
people from other cultures a much easier affair, with New York
City-based startup Waverly Labs about to release what they’re claiming
is the world’s first ‘smart’ earpiece that translates between users
speaking different languages.
Dubbed the Pilot,
the earpiece is shaped much like a regular earbud, but comes without
any wires or cables. It sits in your ear, and even without an internet
connection – pretty handy, especially for people travelling overseas –
it translates words being spoken to you in another language on the fly.
You can get an idea of what the process looks like in the promo video below. 
In other words, it’s pretty much the exact technological equivalent of the Babel fish from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – except it’s sadly limited to Earth-based languages and won’t be able to translate any alien words for you. 
But as long as it’s human tongues you’re interested in, the Pilot
looks to have you pretty well covered. The initial release, which is
expected to launch next week on Indiegogo
– although shipped products might not make their way to you until later
in the year – comes with English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Waverly
Labs says other languages will also be available soon, including Hindi,
Arabic, East Asian and Slavic languages. 

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Of course, it’s worth pointing out that the Pilot hasn’t actually
come out yet, so we should keep our expectations in check until more is
known about the final product. The company says it will be sharing more
details on the earpiece this week on its website, with the Indiegogo campaign kicking off on May 25. 
So right now, technological details on how the Pilot operates are
a little scarce. It looks like the device is able to function without
an internet connection by pairing with an accompanying smartphone app,
although exactly how this works remains unclear.