Innovation Nation: The Pilot


One of the most frustrating experiences in life can be trying to communicate with someone who does not speak your language. If you neither of you are familiar with the other’s language, it can quickly become a frustrating exercise in futility.

The universal translator has been a staple of science fiction since the mid-1900s, first appearing in the 1945 novella “First Contact”. While it has, for many years, been regarded as a nearly impossible device by linguists, it seems we are on the cusp of having this technology for ourselves. Meet The Pilot.

The Pilot has the capability to translate French, Italian, and Spanish into English in real time. Just hook it up to your phone’s companion app and select the language you’re listening to, and in theory, you will receive a real time translation. The project raised $1.8 million on Indiegogo, and will be available, in theory, in the coming months.

It seems too good to be true, but only time will tell whether or not it is truly viable. If it does work, we can all rest assured that soon no traveler will go anywhere without them.

Interested in getting one the minute it comes out? You can sign up at for updates and a coupon when the device is released.

What language would you most want to see on The Pilot? Let us know in the comments.