Ciao clunky old language books and konichiwa, world. Because- ooh la la, Google just invented headphones which make us seem infinitely smarter. Taking inspiration from the iconic Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe, Google’s new headphones can instantly translate 40 languages, without any user effort. It’s safe to say, you’ll never feel lost in translation again.

The key? Google Pixel’s built in Google Assistant. Using a combination of the innovative software, artificial intelligence and the company’s groundbreaking translation research- the Google Pixel Buds can translate 40 languages in nearly real time (links to a great Google video demo). Utilizing research beyond traditional literal translation services, the assistant can then help users respond in a foreign language, with (somewhat) easy to understand verbal guidance. This is all based on Google’s artificial intelligence arm DeepMind, and their extensive research into humanizing computer translations and voices.

As you may have guessed, there’s already a waiting list. We’ve been huge fans of the Google Pixel and can’t wait to get our hands on the newest version, let alone the Pixel Buds. This is an incredible breakthrough, further making the world a smaller, yet more global space. Can you even begin to imagine walking through almost any foreign country, with confidence that you’ll be able to have at the very least- a conversation that get’s you what you need, or where you need to go? The babel fish is real.

How do you feel about these headphones?

Featured image courtesy of Google.