Google’s headphone to translate: Google released a line of products on Wednesday, including its first pair of premium wireless headphones, which can support live translation between languages. When the Google Pixel Buds are paired with a new handset, the Google Pixel 2, the earbuds can tap into Google Assistant, Google’s artificially intelligent voice activated product.In addition to the translation of 40 languages, Google Assistant also alert users to notification, send texts and give directions. The controls, including swiping controls for volume, are built into the right earbud Google product manager Juston Payne on stage at company’s event.“It’s an incredible application of Google Translate powered by machine learning, its like having a personal translator by your side,” Payne said. Payne and another Google employees demonstrated a conversation between someone speaking Swedish and another person responding in English.While this idea might sound far-fetched, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told investors in January that Google Translate was set to make big leaps this year.“We have improved our translation ability more in one single year than all our improvements over the last 10 year combined, “Pichai told investors in a quarterly call, after parent company Alphabet reported mixed results. The earbuds will be available in November for $159, but are available for preorder starting on Wednesday.
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