A new technological advancement allows people speaking two different languages to talk to each other.
Let’s face it, language barriers are frustrating for everyone. Whether you’re traveling, trying a different culture’s cuisine for the first time, or even calling customer service representatives who are based internationally, communicating can be extremely stressful.
Thanks to a new invention called the “Pilot,” there is a device that can alleviate that stress by using two small Bluetooth earbuds to translate languages.
Pilot — developed by New York-based Waverly Labs — operates through a smartphone app. When you speak, the app translates your words and sends it to the other person’s earpiece, according to Gap Year.
“It’s the dream, you know?” Andrew Ochoa, founder of Waverly, reportedly said. “A life untethered, free of language barriers. It’s just that it’s no longer a dream anymore.”
While the creators admit that there is a slight delay involved in the transmission of messages, they maintain that it is extremely close to being real-time.
The first version of Pilot will only support Spanish, English, Italian, and French. Other languages will reportedly be added in later versions but will require an additional cost for users.
This technology isn’t necessarily ideal for talking to strangers or passersby as they would also need to have an earpiece and the app; however, when making business-related connections or fumbling through foreign airports this could save people a world of confusion.
According to Gap Year, no launch date has been set for Pilot, but Waverly is preparing to launch a pre-order crowdfunding campaign to get the buzz going.
As with all technology, Pilot will undoubtedly have its shortcomings in the beginning, but if it really takes off it could become a valuable resource.
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