In case the miracles of automatic sliding doors (at malls no less), elevators whose speed exceeds 22 mph (one might call them turbo lifts), video call technology (where your boss can yell talk at you about how you’re breaking the Prime Directive not meeting quarterly goals), pocket-sized wireless communicators, and transparent aluminium being real (how quaint) weren’t enough to convince you that we’re moving closer and closer to a world that resembles that of Star Trek, here’s more evidence: the universal translator is now a thing.
And no, we’re not talking about the really weird Facebook translations that offer translations to words you already know, like Touché! or Ciao! or poutine, but rather an apparatus you put in your ear that translates conversations in real time for you. See it and believe it:
Waverly Labs’ Pilot is a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that two people who don’t speak each other’s language wear. They work in conjunction with a phone app that translates the conversation as the two people converse, feeding the translations right into your ear.
The site is advertising a retail cost of somewhere between $249 and $299, with early bird rounds starting at $129. As of right now, the app supports English, Spanish, Italian and French, with more on the way, but we can only assume that eventually it’ll be able to support all Federation languages including Klingon.
Let us know in the comments: what language (fictional or not) would you want the ability to translate in real time?
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