In a widely connected world, diversity in languages is our separating point. Translation is what came to our rescue. However, much information is lost in the translation process. Obviously, we get the gist of the important bits but what about that banter which might have seemed useless to your translator but is of value to you? Imagining a world without language barriers seemed next to impossible a decade ago but now we have translation, even speech recognition, then what is the problem? Doing all of it in real time was the challenge before us.
To this, Waverly Labs happily said “Challenge accepted” and devoted two years of research into coming up with a portable device which removes all language barriers using technology going by the name “Pilot”. Taking into consideration the fact that it isn’t the first language translating device, what is it about the Pilot which makes it have groundbreaking potential?
It facilitates communication between two people speaking two different languages by recognizing speech and translating it in real time. In simple words, all you need is its two earpieces and the mobile app to have an entire conversation with someone who doesn’t even speak your language.
When it’ll first be delivered in May 2017, it’ll support the following languages-English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. The company plans to add German, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Slavic, East Asian and African languages by Fall 2017.
How does it work?
No clear information has been given about how it technically functions. Waverly Labs claims that it simply uses ‘translational technology’ embedded within an app.
It is designed to work offline and the app can even function as a phrasebook for basic translation. As it’s normal for one to expect the Pilot to drain one’s phone’s battery as it’ll continuously be accessing it wirelessly to do the translations locally, it comes with a portable charger to further the claim “living life untethered”.
Also, it’s not actually an earpiece but rather two earpieces for wireless streaming of music and to share with another person. One say the Pilot is flying an AirPod. You hand over one earpiece to the one you wish to speak to and put one on yourself and you’re good to go. This allows the device to recognize who you’re speaking to thus allowing it to cancel background noise.
Consumer level real translation is probably the biggest advancement in wearable technology in recent times. A concept not foreign in science fiction has successfully been materialised and has the potential to break age old culture barriers to bring the future to us. To say we’re excited for the Pilot to be available to the consumer market entirely will an understatement.