Manhattan-based Waverly Labs has developed a real-time language translating earpiece – the ‘Pilot’ – that works with a smartphone.
Once the earpiece listens to a conversation, it communicates with the user’s smartphone. The device sits in the user’s ear and has a built-in microphone that converts speech to text in the two communicators’ languages.
The Pilot then works on an online translation engine such as Google or Microsoft to provide a close-to-real time translation. This translation (in the form of text) is then converted back into speech and sent to the earbud, in the form of whispers.
The innovative earpiece is also capable of working offline and overseas. The current version of the Pilot works on European Latin and Germanic languages.
The Pilot will market for around $299 per pair and can also be used to listen to music. The creative earpiece is the world’s first smart earpiece which translates between users speaking different languages.
Crowdfunding website Indiegogo is all set to open pre-orders for the device, although deliveries will only start after a year.
Image Credits: Waverly Labs