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Google's New Earbuds Can Translate 40 Languages Instantly
Google Pixel Buds: is the Babelfish dream of in-ear translation now a reality? (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 311)
Oct 5, 2017 Science & Technology
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Imagine a world where you could speak or understand any language without needing to learn it. That's future Google has promised with its new Pixel Buds.

Alongside the new Pixel 2 smartphone Google unveiled on Wednesday night, the company launched a set of Bluetooth earbuds it called the Pixel Buds with one new feature: instant translation between 40 different languages using its Pixel smartphone.

In a live demo on stage, the Pixel Buds were shown translating short phrases back and forth between English and Swedish using Google Translate running on a Pixel 2 smartphone.

"It's like you've got your own personal translator with you everywhere you go. Say you're in Little Italy, and you want to order your pasta like a pro. All you have to do is hold down on the right earbud and say, 'Help me speak Italian'" wrote Adam Champy, Google's product manager for the Pixel Buds, on the company's blog.

While the demonstration was impressive, this isn't the first time Google has rolled out the ability to do near real-time translation back and forth between different languages, and it isn't the first firm to put that capability into a set of earbuds.

The Google Translate app on Android and Apple's iPhone can already perform the same trick. After activating the live mic it will listen for your sentence in English and translate and speak the same sentence in your choice of 40 languages. It will then listen out for the reply and perform the same trick into English. Some elements rely on a good data connection, but with the abolition of roaming charges within Europe at least it doesn't cost the earth while on holiday from, for example, the UK.

Mobile technologies are increasingly developing to integrate into new areas of our lives. The earbuds are slated to cost $159 when they become available in November.

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