Most of once have been in that awkward situation where you need to speak a foreign language but are not very good at it. It can be funny, but mostly it’s downright frustrating. And sometimes it can lead to a disaster.
Thankfully, progress marches on! Since 2017, you can buy a translating device that you simply pop in your to understand what foreigners are saying to you.
The device is produced by Waverly Labs and called The Pilot. The idea behind is simultaneously simple and potentially groundbreaking. The Pilot recognizes foreign speech, translates it, and speaks it back to you in your own language.
An app allows you to toggle through the languages you want, and the selection includes French, Spanish, Italian, and English—15 languages and 42 dialects in total.
Preorders for The Pilot went out in September 2017 at $129. Soon total preorders reached $3 million, and by the time 2018 rolled in Waverly Labs had $4 million in preorders—for over 18,000 devices sold.
Today you can get your Pilot for $199—and it’s already shipping!
The gadget comprises two earpieces that easily fit into your ears.
It allows real-time in-ear translations in French, Spanish, Italian, English, and lots of other languages.
The Pilot retails for just $199.
The device is similar to the Babel fish from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
A smartphone app allows you to toggle through the languages.
The creator says he came up with the idea after he met a French girl.
Here’s how it looks in action (the French girl is also featured):
Handy, don’t you think? Or do you prefer the good old language courses?