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Will the Pilot earpiece be the real-life universal translator we've always wanted?

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Calvin Muchow
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The universal translator has long been a piece of technology present in sci-fi shows, the most memorable one being Star Trek.

Now, thanks to New York-based startup Waverly Labs, a real-life version is making its way onto crowdfunding site Indiegogo next week.

Other technical details about the Pilot are a little sparse right now, but more may be revealed when its crowdfunding campaign kicks off on May 25.

Fans of the excellent The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy may find the Pilot brings to mind the Babel Fish featured in the novels – an animal placed in the ear that feeds on the brainwaves of those around it and excretes a telepathic translation of alien languages into the brain of the wearer.

While the demo video does look impressive, we re still not at the stage where languages can be translated in total real-time.

Waverly Labs product may not be cheap, but here s hoping it turns out to be worth the price and is the saviour of monoglots traveling abroad.

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