Google, the tech giant has announced a new addition to their device family called The Google Pixel Buds.
This is somewhat similar to Apple’s AirPod headphones, but with some good exceptions. The Google Pixel Buds have the remarkable ability to translate 40 languages live. And guess what! This can be done with just the touch of a button. Or alternatively speaking a prompting phrase, like “help me speak Korean.” The earphones are able to utilize Google’s AI-powered, voice-activated assistant, Google Assistant.
“We have improved our translation ability more in one single year than all our improvements over the last 10 years combined”, says Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google.
A person standing nearby can speak out loud in any language to be translated into English. And the ear buds will give the wearer the English translation in his ear. He can then holds down her right ear bud and speak in English, and then his phone will project the Spanish translation from the Pixel’s speaker. The live translation begins only a second or two after the person stops speaking.
The ear buds does not have any buttons. You can adjust the volume by swiping. You can even change music tracks by swiping. They connect to your phone wirelessly, but the two ear buds are tethered together by a cloth-like cord.
The Pixel Buds can be used with the iPhone too, but only Pixel owners will be able to use tools like Translate and the Google Assistant. At $159, they’re priced exactly the same as AirPods.
Let us wait to see how his could fundamentally change communication across the globe.