Translate in real time
At their big bash recently, Google quietly revealed that it had changed the world with a pair of wireless headphones. Google has packed its headphones with the power to translate between 40 languages, literally in real-time [What, no Babel Fish? Asks every Douglas Adams fan everywhere].
This technology could fundamentally change how we communicate across the global community.
Google Pixel Buds are wireless headphones designed for use with the company's new Pixel 2 handset. Once you've paired the phones to the handset, you can simply tap the right earpiece and issue a command to Google Assistant on the Pixel 2.
You can have it play music, give you directions, place a phone call and if you tell it to "Help me speak Japanese" and then start speaking in English, the phone's speakers will output your translated words - in Japanese, as you speak them. The other party's reply in Japanese will then play into your ear – in English, through the Pixel Buds.
Cramming all of the necessary bits and pieces necessary to facilitate real-time language translation into a device small enough to fit into your ear, especially without the need for external computing power is no easy feat. You'll be able to walk up to nearly anybody in another country and be able to hold a fluid, natural language conversation without the need for pantomime and large hand gestures, or worry of offending with a mispronunciation.