Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn’t communicate with someone because of the language they were using?
It seems Waverly Labs was watching too many sci-fi movies where aliens communicate through technology instantly translating whatever they hear.
Waverly Labs decided this is an idea worth developing a product around, so they started their Pilot earpiece project, which will allow you to communicate with someone that doesn’t share the same language with you.
How does it work?
The creator, Waverly Labs, announced few details about their new product, but it’s clear how the Pilot earpiece will be employing a certain type of translation technology. The earpiece is connected to your phone through an app, and you don’t need an internet connection to use the translation feature.
If I had to guess, I would say the earpiece isn’t the technology we should focus on. It’s simply a Bluetooth device connected to your phone.
The goal of this earpiece is simple. Record incoming sounds and send them to your phone.
The real technology that we should look into is the app. The translation is available in offline mode, so we can safely assume that the app is doing all the magic.
The app receives the information, translates it and sends it back translated trough the earpiece.
This only leads us to the conclusion how we aren’t getting anything new or innovative in temrs of technology. We already have the Skype calls translation feature.
The only difference is Skype translates calls and the Pilot Earpiece translates one on one conversations.
If Skype decides so, they can do their integrated app into a standalone app, and we would get the same gadget.
Innovative or not, everyone should support the idea. This is a device that will be really useful for the humankind.
The Pilot Earpiece is expected to become available for preorder on May 25th, the day when Waverly Labs launches the campaign to support the project.
You will get an earpiece that comes in three colors: black, white and red when ordering the package.
The expected price for preorder is between $129 and $179.