For anyone who has ever struggled to make a connection because of a language barrier, the Pilot earpiece could be your savior. In fact, the real-time translation device was inspired by a potential romance that was thwarted by this very disconnect. "I came up with the idea of a translator when I met a French girl," Andrew Ochoa, founder of Brooklyn's Waverly Labs, explains in a company promo for the product.
Translation technology has come a long way in a short amount of time, but this device has the potential to change the game completely. Here's how it works: you and the person you are talking to must both insert the standalone earpiece, connect it wirelessly to its accompanying smartphone app, then just start talking to someone. Poof! You and your spanish-speaking neighbor can finally say more to each other than just hello. The Pilot doesn't need a network connection to function, making it a potential boon for overseas travelers and researchers in remote locations.