If you’re in translations you’ll be up to speed with the tools and programmes that  make the business that little bit easier – Memcat, Memsource and Trados, to name but three.

Image: Waverly Labs

Image: Waverly Labs

And translation tech has reached the masses thanks to apps like Google Translate and Skype Translator, while Twitter has added Bing Translate to translate tweets from different languages.

One area of translation that hasn’t been touched by tech is interpreting and real-time translation, until now…

What is interpreting?

Interpreting is when the words of a person speaking in one language are translated into another either orally or in sign language.

How ‘Pilot’ is tackling real-time translations

Interpreting and real-time translations have always been the preserve of human translators, but technology is quickly catching up – the Pilot real-time translation earpiece can deliver highly-accurate instant results.

Designed by Waverly Labs, Pilot is a small, hearing-aid-style device and the world’s first real-time translation earpiece.

It works by using a combination of machine translation, speech recognition and voice synthesis to take the spoken word of one person and instantly translate it into another language.

Waverly Labs, said on their website: “This little wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other”.

Pilot comes with two earpieces that pair up with a smartphone app to begin translation as soon as conversation starts, meaning you can carry on complete conversations with just a few seconds’ delay. This delay will be shortened over time as the technology’s machine learning will improve its accuracy and speed.

The current technology only allows for translation of a conversation with one person, but the is for future versions to work with the whole environment and translate everything around you. And because the technology works with machine learning


So far pilot can translate languages including English, French, Italian and Spanish, but there are plans to include Arabic, African, East Asian, Hebrew, Hindi and Slavic languages in due course. These extra labguages will be available for a fee, but will be available for a free to anyone who buys Pilot during the launch campaign.

How to get your hands on a Pilot

The company is going to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, where people who want to be the first to try this new technology can pre-order the Pilot for between $129 (£90) and $179 (£125) – whereas it’s expected to retail for between $250 (£174) and $300 (£209).

Pilot earpieces are to come in three colours and will be able to be pre-ordered from the 25th May.

And if you want a glimpse of how the tech will work, check out this video…