Google just announced their new Google Pixel Buds, which are way more exciting than they appear. About halfway through Google's product presentation, it was revealed that the buds are live-translating, meaning they allow seamless face-to-face communication between people that speak different languages. The presentation is the only demonstration out at the moment, and it is highly impressive, almost shocking:
The buds' most notable feature is that the translation goes both ways. Of course, the user experiences the translation directly in their ear with the buds, but the sound kicks back out through front speakers so the non-user can hear the user's response in their own language. If everything runs smoothly, both parties in the conversation are able to speak their native tongue without any awkward misinterpretations.
Not to go unnoticed is Google Pixel Buds' inconspicuous form factor, as in they look exactly like regular headphones—perhaps even less obnoxious. They'll be available this November for $159 USD, a comparable price to Apple's AirPods.
Google Translate has already become second nature for many people when it comes to online shopping, research and quick searches during international conversations. Now that the handy service can be applied to everyday life, will people still have a desire to learn new languages?