When traveling the universe, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy suggests the use of a Babel Fish to understand the vast alien languages you’d encounter in space. It’s just a tiny yellow leech you shove into your ear that allows you to understand everyone, through a series of complex biological and telepathic processes that would be much too complicated to write out, in it’s entirety, in this post. So, why is this important? Because it’s fake. But, The Pilot system is not, and Waverly Labs will be the company that makes learning a foreign language obsolete.
Now, my understanding is that other countries actually emphasize learning a second language, and learning it well. Not the high school Spanish I took, thinking I’d be able to watch a good telenovela, or listen to Cafe Tecvba, but ended up forgetting it all when I stumbled through college. We’re talking about fluency. Like those darn, nice Canadians, who learn French. We don’t really have that same emphasis in the United States, and the Pilot is here to save our butts.
The Pilot is just a pair of earbuds that translate several languages in REAL TIME! The only thing I didn’t find with all my research, is whether the $129 device will provide you with a reply back, in the speakers native tongue. Otherwise, you’ll have to be swapping those earbuds back and forth, and then you’re just asking for an ear infection.
We’ll know in September if this device is all it’s cracked up to be. But if it is, traveling will be a breeze. Fear of sounding like a fool, well, fear of saying the wrong words at least, may be a thing of the past. Google started this trend of on the fly translation with it’s own translator app, which allowed for the same kind of thing the Pilot does, but through the phone. But now we can be discreet, and we don’t have to shove our smartphones in people’s faces. Bientot, nous serons les savants.