LANGUAGE barriers could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new in-ear translator.
New York City-based company Waverly Labs say they’ve developed the world’s first smart earpiece which translates conversations between two people speaking to each other in different languages in real time, The Sunreports.
It’s called Pilot — a headpiece, which uses “translation technology”, fits into the ear and has a built-in app which toggles between languages.
Pilot is available in three colours — red, black and white — comes with an extra earpiece (two pairs in total: one for you and a friend), one portable charger, and an accompanying app.
Founder Andrew Ochoa explained he got the idea “after meeting a French girl”.
Pilot translates conversations between people speaking different languages. Picture: @waverlylabsinc
Pilot translates conversations between people speaking different languages. Picture: @waverlylabsincSource:Twitter
“It’s the dream, you know?” he said.
“A life untethered, free of language barriers. It’s just that it’s no longer a dream anymore.”
The company is planning to release European-based languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian) first, with East Asian, Hindi, Semitic, Arabic, Slavic and African languages on the cards later on.
Its creators are promoting the new product by giving away one free Pilot every week until the launch, which has not yet been confirmed.
Waverly Labs uploaded its promo on its Facebook page and has already been viewed more than 7.7 million times and has 167,000 shares.
In a blog post, the company thanked fans for the support saying: “We’ve spent a long time working on this and we’re so thrilled to see that people actually want to be on this journey with us.
“Some of the stories we’ve received have been wonderful!”
They’ve launched a crowd-funding campaign to make Pilot available with an expected retail price of $US299 (around $AU410).
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.