From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Babel fish to Star Trek’s universal translator, science fiction has found ways to break down the intergalactic language barriers, but it’s something those of us in the real world are still struggling with.
New York startup Waverly Labs is now claiming it’s ready to make fiction a reality with the Pilot earpiece, which sits in your ear to provide near real-time translations of multilingual conversations. Launching with English, French, Italian and Spanish (these are handled far better by online translators than Euro-to-Asian languages) the Pilot comes with two earpieces and an app that allows you to toggle between the languages.
(Note: This is an archived news story. Since its publication Waverly Labs has created a second generation product which fits over your ear and has other new features. It is called Ambassador and it is going through the IndieGoGo funding process and is close to completion. Production is estimated to take place in November of this year. For more information about the campaign, click here.)