PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Imagine someone is speaking to you in a language you don’t know, but you’re still able to understand them. A new language translator that fits in your ear is making it possible.
It seems like science-fiction, but Andrew Ochoa, CEO of Waverly Labs tells the “KDKA Morning News” the technology is here.
He adds their goal with the Pilot earpiece is to, “breakdown [the] language barrier.”
“The idea here is, I give you an earpiece and I wear an earpiece, we’re speaking different languages. Maybe you’re speaking English and I’m speaking Spanish…The idea is these little wearable earpieces will translate for us as we’re speaking to each other back and forth,” said Ochoa.
Ochoa says most of the translating is done through a smartphone app they developed and then you hear it in your earpiece.
Ochoa says part of the reason they developed the wearable translator is because, “We are a globalized world now…we are trying to eliminate that language barrier.”
The earpiece translates English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Ochoa says they plan to add more languages, including Arabic, Hebrew, Indian, Southeast Asian and Russian with future models.
It retails for $299, but Ochoa says while it is in pre-order it is available for $199.
The Pilot is currently available for pre-orders on IndieGogo and is expected to be released in May 2017.
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