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No more lost in translation - smart earpiece to translate foreign languages instantly for travellers

Travelling abroad can be frustrating when you don’t understand what’s being said to you in a foreign language.

The ear piece that could change the way you travel forever.
The ear piece that could change the way you travel forever. Image by Waverley Labs

Never fear – a new, instant translator is at hand to solve those type of communication problems. A smart earpiece by technology company, Waverly Labs, is designed to ensure that what is being said doesn’t gets lost in translation when you find yourself in such a situation. Called ‘the Pilot’ the smart earpiece and its corresponding app translates in real time thanks to its use of speech-recognition technology.

According to TNW News, the nifty in-ear piece will be launched this autumn. It allows two people talking totally different languages to clearly understand what each other is saying once they are wearing the Pilot.

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The company says it uses “translation technology” and is also connected to an app downloaded onto your smartphone. The manufacturers intend to sell them in pairs which will allow a traveller to use one and loan the other to the person communicating in a different language.

The Pilot also doubles up as wireless headphones if you want to listen to music. It can now be preordered in three colours – red, white and black. Retail pricing is expected to range from US$250-US$300. The device will begin with a number of European languages like English, Spanish, French, and Italian. The company has indicated that it intends to roll out the Pilot in a number of other languages, including East Asian, Hindi, Semitic and Slavic tongues.