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Pixelbuds, Google's first headphones with a smart assistant built in. Courtesy Photo.

Google Introduces Wireless Headphones that Translate Languages

You can touch and hold the right earbud to ask your Assistant to play music, make a phone call, or get directions, all without pulling out your phone.
posted onOctober 5, 2017
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By Justine Namara 

Google has unveiled its first AI headphones with a smart assistant built in. Named PixelBuds, the new headphones will use Google's Assistant software and can do everything from play music wirelessly to translate languages. The firm revealed the $149 headphones alongside a raft of new hardware including its Pixel 2 phones, two new AI speakers and even an AI camera.

The firm showed off the headphones on stage using a conversation between two Google employees one speaking Swedish, and one English.

The PixelBuds piped the translated audio into the persons ear's, while they were able to talk in their own language and have it translated into the other person's ears - or read out via their phone.

'What if your headphones could do more than let you listen to your favorite music?,' Google's Adam Champy wrote announcing the new products."What if they could help you get things done without having to look at your phone? What if they could help you answer (almost!) any question just by asking, or even help you understand someone speaking a different language?'

This is good news to gadget lovers. 

The Google firm also added that they wanted to make a more helpful pair of headphones and thus they had introduced Google Pixel Buds.

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How they work

All of the audio controls are in a touchpad on the right earbud.

Users swipe forward or backward to control volume and tap to play or pause your music.  

You can touch and hold the right earbud to ask your Assistant to play music, make a phone call, or get directions, all without pulling out your phone.

'Users can also hold down on the right earbud and say, 'Help me speak Italian.' or any language they wish. 

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