An In-Ear Language Translator Might Soon Become a Reality

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 - 6:46AM
Science of Sci-Fi
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 - 6:46AM
An In-Ear Language Translator Might Soon Become a Reality
There have been many famous alien languages over the years, which has led to a common theme throughout science fiction being the notion of translation. Translation between humans and alien species is often explained through a plethora of small, convenient devices that instantaneously translate an alien language as it's being spoken. But, despite the fact that our own little planet has enough languages to keep C-3PO busy for at least a few hours, the real world has unfortunately struggled to make the idea of real-time translation a reality. But could a new start-up change all that?

The US-based company, Waverly Labs, hopes to make traveling and conversing with people from around the globe a far easier, and far more enjoyable task with an in-ear language translator called The Pilot.



Meeting a girl isn't necessarily the kind of thing you expect to drive such innovation, but it's a romantic backstory to what could potentially be a very important development. Basic translation programs are, of course, readily available on the market, but being able to input that technology directly into your ear is a major advancement.

According to the Waverly Labs site, The Pilot works offline, a key feature for anyone hoping to use it while traveling. When it first launches, the company hopes to have a majority of European languages available for translation, but the plan will eventually be to ensure that just about every language and dialect is available for users.

While we are yet to see The Pilot in action outside of its promo video, it's safe to say that if this does what it says it can, it could be a huge hit. Waverly Labs hopes to set up a crowd-funding campaign for The Pilot this Summer, but they are already taking advance orders on the device now. At $410 per pair, they aren't cheap, but for those looking to strike up overseas romance (or business, I guess) it could be money well spent. We only wish they had shaped it like a fish...

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