1. A Wearable Translator Hits the Market in May 2017

    A Wearable Translator Hits the Market in May 2017

    This is one new invention that could really change what we do in the classroom.  In the words of the inventor, Andrew Ochoa, “Being lost in translation has happened to everyone while traveling, even us, and that's exactly how the idea was born. Waverly Labs is at the convergence of wearable technology + machine translation, developing the world's first smart earpiece language translator.

    Using the latest technologies in speech recognition, machine translation and the advances of wearable technology, our smart earpiece allows wearers to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other. Simply put, when one person speaks, the other hears it in their language. Science fiction has called it many things, but we call it Pilot.”

    The Pilot was designed to hug the curves of your ear without being obtrusive.  It’s both snug and fashionable, and comes in red, black and white.  Pilot also includes a secondary earpiece for wireless streaming of music, or to share with the person you are speaking with.

    There’s also an accompanying smartphone app that toggles between languages and uploads them to the earpiece when in use offline and overseas.  For more basic translation, the app can be used as a phrasebook, but the real power of this device is the elimination of the phone in communicating. 

    If you watch the video, you’ll see that’s it’s translating in real time to the listener’s native language.  So you can imagine what that will be like in the classroom.  Will it be spot on initially?  It would really surprise us.  But in the long run, this is the right way to do translations in the classrooms, or when attending webinars, or in live conference situations.  Its promise to eliminate the barrier of language in human interactions may have started in a romantic way, but this could be the path for business going forward.

    Watch the video in this Kickstarter campaign, and you’ll see how speech is instantly translated: Kickstarter Link.  And if you’re like our editors, you’ll probably order a pair before you leave the site.   Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NjjQ5cH_YzI.

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