The idea for a little in-ear translator came to entrepreneur Andrew Ochoa when he met a French girl and didn't know how to speak to her.
Fast forward to the present and Ochoa's NYC-based startup Waverly Labs is taking pre-orders for their tiny device called the Pilot.
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The Pilot is a wearable device for two people that translates in real time as they speak, right into each person's ear. In some ways it recalls Babel fish from "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy," which let humans instantly understand any language after sticking one in your ear. Except the Pilot doesn't feed on brain waves - well, as far as I know.
Waverly Labs hasn't released many details about exactly how the Pilot works, but does describe it online as a smart earpiece language translator that connects to an app for downloading and toggling languages. To start, it will translate among French, Spanish, Italian, and English before expanding to others.
Ochoa and his French friend Elodie do a sweet little demo with the devices here.