In-Ear Aid Translates Foreign Languages In Real-Time

May 18, 2016


This is a video demonstration of The Pilot translation system developed by Waverly Labs. The in-ear devices will cost $129 when they're available this September and can translate a smartphone-selected foreign language in real-time into your native language with the voice of a robot lady. The languages currently supported are English, French, Spanish and Italian, so you're shit out of luck if you fall in love with a Korean girl. I'm going to learn so many dirty words! Just kidding, I already know all the dirty words in over 400 languages, some of which aren't even spoken in the Milky Way Galaxy. ◉ ✹ ✗ ✍ ✌ ⌖ ✇ ✂ ! Hoho, you know what I just called you? "I'm pretty sure those are just wingdings."'s cool to pretend I know things though.

Keep going for a closeup and demonstration video.


Thanks to Allyson S, who agrees that body language is the most important language. You got that right! *thrusting and gyrating to a group of foreign tourists*

  • Robert R

    Well, us Translators may have to look for another profession... Just kidding! This is a great product, I find that the future of communications is going to rely on technology for a good % of the conversational interchange. Besides, I may still have some work, since the company I work for, Translation Inbox, deals strictly with documents! Haha.. Cheers!

  • Brenda Sherer Brewer

    Needs more languages including the Cherokee language just saying their sales would possibly triple just by adding more languages in itself

  • Gai McCoy

    Definitely need Asian, I get my nails and hair done at Thai and Vietnamese salons, I KNOW they are talking shit about people!!

  • Tonya Ryals

    pretty cool though

  • Tonya Ryals

    My daughter has Autism and is mainly non verbal - I so wish this could translate her thoughts to me...but guess we way behind on that

  • cMe Squirt

    If this is an app, why would you need to buy these in-ear devices? Wouldn't any headphones or Bluetooth audio device do the job? Hmmm...

  • MustacheHam

    hmm...Can it also translate Pig Latin?

  • Do pigs speak Latin?
    I thought they spoke Danish.

  • Unless you talk to an irish naker lol

  • Elak Swindell

    Take my money now!! BTW, you gotta know this guy is a fan of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and the Babelfish. There's no way he just got this idea from a French girl. Nonetheless, this looks to be a fantastic first start for a universal translator. The only thing I don't like is how it has to be another phone app. It should be a standalone technology with absolutely no connection to phones.

  • Bling Nye

    So then how would you propose a UI for it for switching between languages? A mechanical switch on the ear piece, or a dial like a hearing aid?

    At least by bluetoothing it to a phone, it provides an easy and convenient graphical UI.

  • Elak Swindell

    With proper programming, the earpiece would do it all by itself. No need for a switch. Once the piece hears the language, it would instantly access that particular stored data and use it for translation. You don't need a graphical UI when everything is audible. You could even vocally tell the device to switch to a certain language, which it would stay on until directed to change over to another.

  • Bling Nye

    Maybe when the tech gets better.... I mean, "instantly"...? That'd be nice, but I can only imagine it having a lot of difficulty, and what if it assumes the wrong language? What if there's background noise/conversations that could confuse it? Not to mention the fact if someone sees you wearing it and knows it's voice commanded, they could mess with you by audibly changing your settings (remember Google Glass?). Of course, you could 'fix' that by having command access coded only to the user's voice, but then you run into the problem of having a cold or sinus infection that changes your voice. I like where you're coming from, but it doesn't seem practical or feasible. Yet.

  • Hr RMag

    Where is my Klingon? And Romulan? Ferengi? Hell, I'll settle for Huttese and Mando'a.....

  • TheQiwiMan

    Yet another advancement in the human race inspired by a dude tryin'a get some. :-D

  • Tonya Ryals


  • GodOfFoxes

    All human advancement can be tied to people trying to get laid.

  • Skippy

    She sounds so fooking fake in french, quite crazy :D
    We still have the worst actors in the world and still, people hire Marion Cotillard for movies

  • Bling Nye

    I heard about this. *RIMSHOT*

    But seriously, how inconvenient is it when your phone dies, or the ear piece dies, or you lose one, or whatever, as opposed to ...oh... I dunno... actually learning the language?

  • And how many languages can you speak?
    O ddifrif, faint?

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