The Waverley Pilot Language Translator
An automatic language translator that sits in your ear and lets you, say speak in French, and the person you are meeting speak in their native language, say English. Now with this device you don’t need to learn each other’s languages to be able to speak and understand each other. The Pilot translates between both of your languages in your preferred language using smart technology and AI.
Some would say this is the realm of science fiction but here we are where everything and more that we used to see as science fiction is now becoming reality. Introducing the company Waverley and their latest technology, the Pilot, that makes this in-ear automatic language translation a reality that promises to remove the barrier of different languages.
The company has sold 30,000 units with a total value of $6.5m in orders on the Pilot on first release.
Who are Waverley?
The company’s website states the following:
Being lost in translation has happened to everyone; today it’s history. Waverly Labs was founded in 2014 at the convergence of speech translation and wearable technology. We’re developing Pilot, the world’s first smart earpiece language translator. Pilot uses the latest technologies in speech recognition, machine translation and wearable technology to allow users to converse without language barriers.
The company was set-up by it’s founder and CEO, Andrew Ochoa.
How does the Waverley Pilot Language Translator Work?
A truly innovative solution allowing people that don’t speak the same language to be able to communicate with each other freely. But how?
The earpiece or buds use noise cancelling microphones that has the ability to filter out all other surrounding noise and focus on the someone’s speech. The technology used is speech recognition, machine translation and machine learning and then speech synthesis. This is all done real-time, via an app on your smart phone, without interruption with the final clever act of translating that speech into your native language. Sounds pretty unreal… see for yourself. Here are two videos of the Waverly Pilot language translator in action –
The Pilot phone app is available via the Google Store for Android phones as well as for iOS via the Apple iTunes App Store. Currently Waverley state online that the Pilot app has the following capability.
- Converse mode for conversations
- Listen mode for interpretation
- 15+ languages and 42 dialects supported
- Choice of Natural sounding female and male voices
- The app is available as a Free speech translator app
- Quick access to dictionary and phrasebook
- Saves your history
In addition, the Pilot uses Bluetooth capability and can also be used to stream and listen to your music as well as make and receive phone calls.
Further languages are being developed by Waverley and will be available with future App updates.
How much is the Waverley Pilot Earpiece and where can I buy it?
Currently, the Pilot earpiece language translator buds are available to buy via the Waverley website. They are available in three colours, Red, Black and White.
The price for ear buds are currently USD 199. At the moment the Pilot is only available directly from the Waverley online.
The Future of Language Translators?
The Waverley Pilot is a truly leading edge technology and worth keeping an eye on user reviews as it develops and becomes more main-stream. The advantages of this kind of language translation are obvious in business as well as socially, especially when traveling.
These kind of wearable earpiece or ear bud technology will no doubt become smaller and smaller in size to point where you won’t even see them in your ears and this begs the question will this lead to some kind of implant. Only time will tell.
We’ve seen Google Duplex in action booking restaurants and you could see that that the Google Assistant could quickly also become a language translator to book you a restaurant in the local language for the country you are staying in.
Similar technology could maybe also allow for the possibility to also help you learn a new language whilst also translating. Maybe your mobile will in the future translate a foreign language into your preferred language with such minimal time-lag that you will only ever hear the translated speech and not the original language spoken to you.
All conjecture of course, so what do you think the future holds for technology and language translation?