This Is The One Thing You Need To Pack On Your Trip Around The World

Star Trek teased us with the Universal Translator

This Is The One Thing You Need To Pack On Your Trip Around The World

Hannah Poindexter

“It’s the dream, you know? A life untethered, free of language barriers. It’s just that it’s no longer a dream anymore.”

Star Trek teased us with the Universal Translator

“Star Trek”

And then “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” introduced us to Babel Fish

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

But Waverly Labs is now presenting Pilot, and this one is for real.

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This wearable is an in-ear translation device that will let different language speakers communicate in real time.

Waverly Labs

And while Google Translate and Skype offer similar translation services, their lagged translation time and reliance on reading and app data usage makes the wifi- and data-free Pilot app more appealing for travelers. The wearable nature of the device also fosters a more natural conversation.

Each person wears one earpiece. Then, the translation operates offline through the connected app that transmits the translated text directly into the other earpiece.

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And when Pilot isn’t being used for translation purposes, the earpieces can be also used as standard headphones.

Andrew Ochoa, the inventor of Pilot, said he came up with the idea when he met a French girl and couldn’t properly communicate with her.

YouTube — Andrew Ochoa

The device currently has the capability to translate Romance Languages (French, Spanish, Italian) and English.

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The team is working to expand the capabilities to other languages as well.

The Pilot will soon be available for preorder at the ticket price of $129 before increasing to $250-$300 when it’s (hopefully) officially released this fall.

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After crazy success in the crowdfunding stage, you can now pre-order Pilot for a soft May 2017 release date.

Now you really have no excuse to put off that international adventure.

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