Waverly Labs unveils new translation products at CES

Earlier this week, at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Waverly Labs unveiled two new products in its line of real-time translation technology.

Waverly Labs was founded in 2014, and made waves in the machine translation field in 2016 with the launch of Pilot, a product which the company claims to be the first in-ear, live translation device to hit the market. At CES 2022, the company announced two new products which use the company’s translation technology: Subtitle and Audience.

“We are on a mission to bridge global communications by building a world without language barriers,” said Andrew Ochoa, the Brooklyn-based tech company’s CEO and founder. “We built a core translation technology for seamless conversations and are delighted to showcase Subtitles and Audience, our latest solutions, at CES.”

Subtitle consists of a two-sided touchscreen device that was designed with customer service interactions in mind — users on both sides can select their preferred language, and as each individual speaks, a translation will be produced on the opposite side for the other user to read in real-time, allowing the two parties to communicate relatively seamlessly.

Audience, on the other hand, is more suited for lectures or, as the name might suggest, any other event with a large audience. Audience allows audience members to use a mobile app to view live translations of a lecture or speech on their phone.

Subtitle and Audience are set to be available during Q2 of 2022. The company also announced that an updated version of its already existing over-ear translation product, Ambassador, is currently available as well. This new and improved version features a sleeker design and faster, more accurate translations than its predecessor. The updated version of Ambassador is currently available on the company’s store. All of Waverly Labs’ products are capable of producing translations in 20 languages and 42 dialects.

“Each solution’s hardware and experience are tailored to its unique use case,” Ochoa said. “Waverly Labs’ Subtitles, Audience, and Ambassador Interpreter devices are created to eliminate language barriers. Everyone can travel, converse, and educate freely wherever they want to, without the concern of being lost in translation.”

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Andrew Warner
Andrew Warner is a writer from Sacramento. He received his B.A. in linguistics and English from UCLA and is currently working toward an M.A. in applied linguistics at Columbia University. His writing has been published in Language Magazine, Sactown Magazine, and The Takeout.

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