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Google’s new Pixel Buds can translate any language in real time



When you think about it, languages are annoying. There’s no reason you wouldn’t be able to get on with, theoretically, any other person in the world but, due to this impossible barrier of you not understanding them, and them not understanding you, you’re stuck having to hang out only with the other cats who speaka your lingo. It’s also unfair on the rest of the world becasue they are missing out on your incredible chat.

But now – genuinely – there appears to be a device which could end the language barrier. Which could enable you to speak, in real time, to people speaking 40 different languages. Actually, I’m kind of annoyed that I wrote a vaguely dismissive first paragraph as this is genuinely amazing and could actually change the world.

The magic translating device is Google’s new Pixel Buds; wireless headphones designed for use with their new Pixel 2 handset. Once paired to the handset, you can access Google Assistant, which can play music, read you messages – all the usual stuff – but if you ask it to help you speak another language, and then speak in English, the phone will tell you what to say. It will then also translate the reply back. And all in real time, with virtually no lag.

If you don’t believe me – just watch this video.


Weirdly, this demonstration came at the tail end of Google’s Pixel 2 event in San Francisco on Wednesday, and was presented with the minimum of fuss.

But just think about this. Suddenly, you can chat, in real time, quickly and easily, with anyone who speaks one of 40 languages that the headphones supports. That’s insane.

The next time you find yourself booking a spontaneous trip to a country that speaks zero English, be sure to buy these bad boys and the Pixel 2 (the headphones won’t work without it) and, your language barrier worries will be no more.

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