If you like to travel around the world, you know that English really doesn't actually get you all that far. Languages are complicated and it is nearly impossible to learn every language you are ever going to encounter - so you resort to speaking broken sentences and gesturing wildly.
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It doesn't have to be that way anymore.
There is a nifty new wearable on the market that could soon make talking to people in other languages far easier. A New York City startup named Waverly Labs is about to release the world's first "smart" earpiece that can translate between the speaking language of the users.
The new technology has been dubbed "The Pilot" and is shaped just like a traditional earbud, but is completely wireless. It sits in your ear, and even without using the internet, translates the words being spoken to you in another language. Check out the promo below to see how it works:
In other words, it is pretty much it is like the Babel fish from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but it uses only languages found on Earth.
The initial launch will happen next week on Indiegogo, but it probably won't be shipped until later in the year. So far, it comes with English, Spanish, French, and Italian languages built in. They hope to include Hindi, Arabic, East Asian, and Slavic languages.
While we don't know too many other details yet, it is said to work with an accompanying app. It is expected to retail for between $249-$299, though early birds can get it for $129 on Indiegogo.
Waverly Labs says that there will be two earpieces included in each pack so that people can converse. The first version will only work for people who have the earbud, but future versions will be able to translate from any source that speaks around you. If you only have one earbud with you, you can also speak directly into the app on their smartphone.
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The future is coming quickly!