Pasadena’s Timekettle Completes Hugely Successful Kickstarter Campaign for Its Real-Time Bi-Lingual Earphone Translator

Published : Monday, December 11, 2017 | 5:29 PM

A Pasadena company called Timekettle has taken in far in excess of its $50,000 goal in a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding for its new WT2 Real-time Earphone Translator project. The campaign ended with total of 1,640 backers pledging a whopping $276,869.

The company calls its device the “most revolutionary translator to date.” The translator is said to make face-to-face foreign language conversations natural, fluent, and hands-free while providing a smooth translation experience to everyday consumers.

A spokesperson for Timekettle said the WT2 Real-time Earphone Translator can translate languages in near real time. “We believe that language is beautiful and fascinating and hence should not be frustrating merely because two persons are conversing in different languages,” the spokesperson said. “The WT2 translator has a translating earphone that allows natural and hands-free communication between individuals using different languages and enabled by two earphones and one app.”

Timekettle says the device—composed of two earphones working through a single app on a mobile phone—makes it possible for anyone traveling to a foreign country to solve the frustrating experiences of two speakers conversing in two different languages.

The WT2 device comes with a customized charging case. In actual use, a traveler can wear one earphone and then ask a resident speaking a different language to wear the other. When the traveler talks, the other earphone quickly translates his speech for the resident to understand; when the resident responds, the traveler’s earphone translates for him just as quickly, making it easy for both parties to understand each other, even when they speak different languages.

The WT2 system currently offers translation in six languages: English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, and German. More languages will be available in the coming months, the company said.

Its translation speed is quick, between one and three seconds only.

“WT2 is the first and only ‘1+2 translation’ system available globally,” Timekettle said. “Its innovative and patented technology allows multiplexed speech communication between both WT2 earphone translators and a single phone with the WT2 App. This helps in creating a smooth and highly accurate communication experience for the user.”





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