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I’ve wondered when we would get a real-time wearable translator. The makers of “ili” say that it will be this Summer. Watch their first commercial.

Note this disclaimer: “UPDATE: In light of viewer feedback, we would like to clarify that the man and women are all actors and actresses; no one was forced to act against their will in any way.”

The commercial shows the actor’s British English being converted to Japanese in real time, though I have no way to judge the quality of that translation. The commercial doesn’t show any Japanese being converted to English, though I imagine it works in both directions. It also doesn’t show any other languages or that the device can recognize American English. I am sure we will learn more about its capabilities in the coming months.

I definitely think travel will be enhanced by wearable translators, and it devalues my plan to make my future children natively trilingual. Excuse me while I spend the rest of the day daydreaming about being able to speak and understand every language in the world.

Thoughts? How much are you willing to pay for an ili?

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