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The lowdown on Timekettle - the LA-based startup that has created the world's first bi-directional translation earbuds

logo_R_-03.The language barrier can be difficult when going abroad, helping tourists in the street, saying hello to your neighbour newly arrived from another country, collaborating with a foreign colleague, or any of the increasingly common situations in our more and more connected world. 

It’s easy in sc-fi, where they have some variation of a universal translator, allowing them to communicate with anyone, no matter what language is being spoken, and understand each other with ease. But that kind of technology only exists in science fiction, doesn’t it?

Or does it!? No. The short answer is no. LA-based tech startup Timekettle Technologies have developed a sleek piece of technology that you shove in your ear, like a normal bluetooth earpiece that allows you to listen to music and make calls, but this one also translates 40 languages in real time. 

I78hLe1W.With 93 accents supported within those languages, Timekettle says that this WT2 earbud translator covers 95% of the world, allowing you to talk to pretty much anyone, anywhere, and understand them. There’s no starting your conversation with a special phrase to tell the WT2 that you’re talking to it; it just starts translating when it hears another language. When talking to those who do not have a WT2 themselves, it has a mode that translates what you are saying and speaks through your phone’s speaker, with the option of having the text displayed as well.

The WT2 can be used offline whenever you are in a location without internet, but is always being updated when it is connected. It seems like Timekettle has 3 products available for different needs and with different capabilities, like supporting up to 30 people speaking at once, all in different languages.

With a delay of only half a second in translation, we may already have our universal translators, and while learning a language will always be rewarding in itself, the idea of being able to travel anywhere in the world and be able to communicate with people without issue is a pretty good one to think about while sitting at home in lockdown...

Fab to see what this AI-driven startup has created!

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Published on: 18th February 2021

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