Star Trek fans have their favorite fictional technologies. The transporter. The holodeck. Who wouldn’t want a phaser hand to take on bad guys or Klingons? Some, especially those who travel abroad, loved their universal translator, a nifty tool that didn’t just make everybody’s voice turn to perfect English but even made their lips look like they were just speaking normally.
Pretty nifty. Google didn’t take it that far, but their new Pixel Buds are designed to be realistic yet powerful. Wearing buds, someone can say something in English and have it translated in near-real-time through their handset. Then, the person on the other side of the handset can respond in their language and have it translated to English in the Bud-wearer’s ear. Preorders start now. It’ll ship in November.
The Google Pixel Buds are wireless headphones designed for use with the company’s new Pixel 2 handset. Once you’ve paired the phones to the handset, you can simply tap the right earpiece and issue a command to Google Assistant on the Pixel 2. You can have it play music, give you directions, place a phone call and whatnot, you know, all the standards.