In my TIDES of Change presentation I suggest that digital and mobile technology is not the real revolution and that there is something even more powerful driving disruptive change. The real revolution – and it explains most of the ground-breaking technology innovations we are seeing – is this:
We now have the ability to gather massive amounts of data, process that data in real time and use the output to valuable and immediate effect.
This observation or let’s call it the law of real-time data augmentation, explains everything from self-driving cars, to digital personal assistants, to 3D-printers and now to real time in ear language translators.
“It’s real,” says Andrew Ochoa, CEO and founder of the New York City-based company Waverly Labs, which claims to be the first to pioneer an in-ear language translator that is capable of of rendering human speech in real-time”, in an interview with Futurism, a web portal for all things about the future.
Mr. Ochoa’s quest was inspired by meeting a lovely french lady who he desperately wanted to speak to. Love it seems is a good motivator for making the impossible possible. Waverly Labs call it “A World Without Language Barriers” and they are encouraging people to be the first to experience a new kind of wearable technology by reserving your place in line for our limited pre-sale.
Waverly Labs are claim that their innovative real-time translating earpiece called the Pilot, is a “smart earpiece” and linked to an App on your smartphone, could soon be in users’ hands for a very reasonable $410 by next year. That’s a lot less than it will cost to learn a new language. Expect this product to sell like hot pancakes at a summer fair and for Waverly Labs to become a Unicorn business valued in excess of $1 billion very soon.
Futurism explains that “the technology makes use of an embedded app that does the translating, which is delivered to the earpiece that is shared by two people. The Pilot is also supposed to comes with an additional earpiece for wireless streaming music and an app that allows people toggles between languages. The earpiece which translates in real-time as a person is speaking a foreign language to you represents and exciting and important milestone at the convergence of wearable technology + machine translation, the Pilot, Waverly Labs claim “is the world’s first smart earpiece which translates between users speaking different languages.”
I’ve already entered the contest to trial a pair. You can watch a video demonstration below, exciting stuff indeed.