The Pilot works as a normal set of wireless earphones. However, the user can take one out and give it to someone else.
It uses specially designed noise-canceling microphones to filter out ambient noise from the speech of someone talking. The speech is then passed through the Pilot app, where layers of speech translation technologies occur. The translated language is sent to the other user wearing the second earpiece.
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It all occurs simultaneously without interruption, as each person speaks to one another. It is claimed to be the first 'smart earpiece' capable of translating between two languages, and was shown off at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company behind the technology, Waverly Labs, said: 'This little wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other.'
It will support five languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, with other being added as upgrades at a later date. If someone does not wish to wear the second earpiece, you can use the smartphone app which is included as the app can be used on speaker mode, the firm says. It all occurs simultaneously without interruption, as each person speaks to one another.' The firm said the first generation does not translate everything happening around you. 'It only translates with people who also have the Pilot earpiece, but future generations will be developed to translate everything around you.' The forthcoming in-ear gadget is claimed to be able to translate speech like the Babelfish in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (illustrated in a sreenshot) or the Universal Translator gadget in Star Trek High-tech translation devices also include the Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. In the Douglas Adam book a small fish is inserted into the ear of a person, allowing all alien languages to be translated into English Professor Farnsworth of Futurama also created a similar device - though it translated only French.