There are roughly around 6,500 different spoken languages in the world today. Meaning, for each individual who only understands one language, there are 6,499 types of people that they’ll be incapable of striking a conversation with. Think about that. And even for those who know multiple languages, most of the time that number can be counted using a single hand. Needless to say, there is a rather large demand for universal translators.
Which is why, for wireless earphone company Mymanu, there might just be a solution here and now. This is CLIK – wireless earbuds that are capable of translating up to 37 different languages (for now). The languages that it’s capable of translating so far: Arabic (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and International), Bahasa (Indonesia), Chinese (Hong Kong/Traditional), Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia, GB, US, and India), Finnish, French (Canada and France), German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (China and Taiwan), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Spain and Latin America), Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.
The CLIK earbuds are equipped with 3way balanced armature driver speakers, an omnidirectional digital multimode microphone, a digital signal processor and 32-bit ARM processor. With its ergonomic ear covers, each user will be able to easily insert the earbuds and connect it to its complementary app. From there, each user can then catalog each person they wish to speak with, choose the language to be translated, and, wallah, instant real-time translation. Users will also be able to augment sounds from their surrounding environment, listen to music, and then charge them wirelessly when finished.
Five to ten years from now, the language barrier could be nearly abolished for most people in the developed region. Whenever you go on international trips, each user will no longer have to worry about relying on a guide or to restrict themselves to areas of which only provide your specified language. Peace and trade relations between countries will also be made easier, allowing common citizenry to finally be part of the global conversation.
On the other hand, this will also serve as another common factor to the increasing reality of technological unemployment. Today, we rely on human translators to help us speak with other foreign people and guide us through a country we know very little about. Politicians, too, rely on human translators whenever they’re meeting at a UN or EU summit. Once these universal translators become available to the general population of each country, those human translators will find themselves quickly out of a job.
“The Clik is set to revolutionise how we communicate, allowing the wearer to interact with others in different languages, both locally and over a long distance range. With the ground-breaking ability to translate 37 languages in real-time, these earbuds are a pioneering industry first – there’s nothing out there quite like it.”
Thirty to fifty years from now, language will become just as much an irrelevancy as that of skin color, fashion, and religious beliefs are today. Yes, they’ll remain an attribute of each individual, but they’ll no longer become a barrier to our means of communicating with one another. Everyone will have access to universal translators, with maximum efficiency to each translation.
Each translator will not only translate another person’s language in real-time, but will also be able to augment that person’s speaking so as to ensure that the person receiving the translation hears only the output, as opposed to the input as well. It will be like something out of Star Trek: you know the person you’re speaking to speaks a completely different language from you, but the only language you’re able to hear is one of your own.
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