Has a real-time earbud language translator actually arrived?

Ever wished there was a way to combat the language barrier when traveling in a foreign country, sort of like a real life Babel Fish? A company called Waverly Labs is claiming to have solved that problem.

New York-based Waverly Labs says that it has created a gadget called the Pilot that will fit in your ear and can translate foreign languages including French, Spanish and Italian in real time, potentially eliminating awkward conversations in hotel lobbies and late-night pubs forever.

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Waverly Labs says it has created a translation earpiece. credit: Waverly Labs

“I came up with the idea for a translator when I met a French girl,” says founder Andrew Ochoa in a video about the Pilot on the company’s Facebook page. “This wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other. It’s the dream, you know? A life untethered, free of language barriers. It’s just that it’s no longer a dream anymore. It’s real.”

This all still sounds a little too good to be true to me, so I’ve reached out to Ochoa for more information. I’ll update this post when I hear back.

In the meantime, here are more details released by the company. Waverly Labs says Pilot will retail for $249-$299 but will be available for an early-bird rate of $129 during a pre-order campaign scheduled to launch on May 25. The first languages that will be supported will include English, Spanish, French and Italian with eventual expansion to include Hindi, Arabic and more.

According to Waverly Labs, each Pilot package will come with two earpieces, one for each person speaking, a portable charger and an accompanying app. They hope to have them delivered in late fall or early winter.

Learn more about the company and the Pilot here.


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