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Travel Tech Next: Pilot Breaks Language Barriers With Awesome Translation Tech

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | June 07, 2016

Travel Tech Next: Pilot Breaks Language Barriers With Awesome Translation Tech

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Conversing with other cultures is easy in science fiction fare thanks to universal translators, TARDIS telepathic fields or even babel fish. Well, one device has us ever closer to that kind of translation power becoming a reality.

It’s called Pilot and it’s getting a rousing round of funding on Indiegogo at the moment, garnering nearly $2 million with 18 days to go.

If it meets a modicum of its promise we may just have a next-level translation solution geeks will absolutely adore.

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As you see in the following video, you can use Pilot with one of two ear buds. One goes in your ear and the other in your foreign language friend’s ear.

After some maneuvering with the app, you then have yourself a way to communicate without years of language lessons.

Sadly, it will be some time before Pilot becomes a reality. It’s promised to ship May 2017, which is roughly one year too long in our book.

At $199, you can get your very own set and with it the promise of some extremely cool translation power.

Extrapolate where this kind of technology might go and you can imagine a world wherein travelers understand with perfect clarity what locals are saying no matter where they might find themselves.

We’ll temper our glee for a moment, because Pilot is in its infancy, which is echoed in the FAQ section of the campaign.

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As for its limits: “It only translates with people who also have the Pilot earpiece. Future generations will be developed to translate everything around you.”

As noted, there is some lag in the translation and the translation itself isn’t perfect, but the team will work on these things over time.

Despite initial shortcomings, however, it’s remarkable that there is a little gadget that breaks a tremendous barrier within travel and also gets us that much closer to realizing sci-fi fantasy.


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