When it comes to communicating in another language many fail to get beyond half hearted efforts at using a phrase book.

Now pioneers in translation technology are transforming what is possible. Australian startup Lingmo International this week launched its Translate One2One earpiece, powered by IBM Watson, that can provide verbal translations across a range of languages in seconds.

“By eliminating the friction of the traditional translation process, devices like Translate One2One will not only remove one of the biggest challenges for professionals when meeting and collaborating between cultures, but also offers enormous potential for communities around the world. As the first device on the market for language translation using AI that does not rely on connectivity to operate, it offers significant potential for its unique application across airlines, foreign government relations and even not-for-profits working in remote areas,” explained Danny May, Lingmo’s Founder and Director.

Unveiled earlier this month at the United Nations Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Good Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, the Translate One2One costs $179 and can be ordered for delivery next month.

IBM Watson Master Inventor, Neil Sahota added: “It’s an absolute game-changer for the global translation market, offering significant potential for both commercial and social benefit, which we’ve only just begun to explore. Lingmo’s latest breakthrough demonstrates the transformative potential that cognitive computing platforms like Watson can offer in solving some of the world’s largest and most persistent challenges.”

New York startup, Waverly Labs, is another key player in this market. Its Pilot smart earpiece allows people speaking different languages to communicate directly with one another.

“We’re on a journey to create a world without language barriers,” added Andrew Ochoa, Waverly Labs CEO.