Most of us have found ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to communicate in a foreign language. Sometimes it’s funny, embarrassing or downright disastrous. Thanks to a new translation device that easily fits into your ear, the days of struggling to speak the local lingo might soon be a thing of the past.
The device is called The Pilot system and Waverly Labs is the company behind this brilliantly simple yet potentially groundbreaking idea. When it hits the shelves in September, the system will allow the wearer to understand one of several foreign languages through real-time in-ear translation. A handy app will allow you to toggle through the languages you want, and the selection includes French, Spanish, Italian, and English. It’ll retail for $129, and you can pre-order one here. Or you can just keep talking to people really loudly and slowly in English. Good luck with that.
The gadget comprises two earpieces that easily fit into your ears. It will allow real-time in-ear translations in French, Spanish, Italian, and English. “The Pilot” will hit the shelves in September and retail for $129. The device is said to translate speech like the Babelfish in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A handy app will allow you to toggle through the languages you want. The creator says he came up with the idea when he met a French girl. Here’s how it works in action: