The Pilot is a wireless earbud that will translate voice-to-voice in real-time if both partners have such an earbud, or, if only one person owns this earbud, you can let it translate also via voice-to-app. Depending on your preferences (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy vs Star Trek*), it’s the Babelfish or Universal Translator and left us all like “Whoa”. But what is this magic all about?
First of all, it’s not that magical. Google Translate or Microsoft’s Skype Translator are doing their still mediocre, but continuously improving job of automated translation. The new thing however is, to put this technology into a wearable device and that’s exactly what New York based Waverlylabs are up to – fighting a few bottlenecks like converting text-to-speech in an adequate time frame or simply: get reliable and clean audio from the microphone.
It is said that the Pilot will be available for ordering already next week on Indiegogo, however, a release is not planned before late 2016, maybe early 2017.
Very promising! We have no doubt that the crowdfunding campaign will be skyrocketing. If the actual devices hold water, this will be a real game changer. The current FAQ can be re-read here.
*Nerd Note: According to Memory Alpha, the Universal Translator was invented shortly before 2151 on earth… Seems like we’re getting there a bit earlier!