|21 September 2016|

USA

The company behind one of the most eagerly anticipated wearables product of the decade – a smart earpiece which translates between users speaking different languages – has smashed its funding target by 3000%.

WaverlyLabs’ initial goal for its Pilot earpiece was $75,000 but it has attracted $3million in backing.

The World’s First Smart Earpiece uses the latest technologies in speech recognition, machine translation and the advances of wearable technology. It means wearers can speak French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese along with English and clearly understand each other.

“We’re on a journey to create a world without language barriers, and our community has been extremely inspirational. They shared amazing stories and given us great examples of how they will use Pilot to speak with friends, family or anyone in their everyday lives. This is the first step in fulfilling a dream of an earpiece which translates everything around you, and we can’t wait to get Pilot into the hands and ears of everyone.” Andrew Ochoa, CEO.

The New York company – which recently relocated to New Lab, an interdisciplinary space dedicated to hardware startups located in the Brooklyn Navy Yards – is currently selecting a final manufacturing partner to begin the stages of pre­production in Shenzhen, China.