Sweet Talker

Bespoke - - TECH -

It used to be the stuff of sci­ence fic­tion to imag­ine a world where lan­guage is no longer a bar­rier to con­ver­sa­tion. But that world is here and now ac­cord­ing to Waverly Labs, the man­u­fac­turer of a re­mark­able lit­tle de­vice called Pi­lot. Pi­lot is com­prised of a smart­phone app and a pair of Blue­tooth ear­pieces, worn by two peo­ple who don’t speak the same lan­guage. By sim­ply speak­ing in a reg­u­lar way, they’ll be able to un­der­stand each other be­cause the de­vice works like an in­stant trans­la­tor, re­quir­ing only the briefest of de­lays. Best of all, ev­ery­thing works off­line, mean­ing no ex­pen­sive roam­ing charges while trav­el­ling. Un­for­tu­nately, Pi­lot is only avail­able for pre-or­der at the mo­ment and first de­liv­er­ies won’t start un­til 2017. Also, the launch prod­uct will be limited to just English, Ger­man and the Ro­mance lan­guages (Span­ish, Ital­ian and French) but the com­pany has con­firmed that they will be ex­pand­ing their trans­la­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties to in­clude Swahili, Man­darin, He­brew, Ara­bic, Hindi and Slavic as well. Just imag­ine the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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