These days, there are a slew of translation apps that make international travel far easier than it used to be. Whereas before you had to walk around a foreign country with a clunky book in your backpack just to ask a local where to get a decent bite to eat, now you can clumsily hold your phone up to that local’s face and have your answer in seconds. Hey, you’re a tourist. You’re supposed to bother people.
But now there’s an even better, far less annoying way to travel the globe and knock down the language barrier like a pro. Bragi’s new wireless Dash Pro earbuds promise to translate almost 40 different languages in real time when synced with Apple’s iTranslate app. The earbuds receive one language and promptly spit out your own in real time.
In an ideal world, everyone would have a set of the Dash Pro buds and freely communicate with each other. The more likely scenario? You’re the only one with the tech. In that case, here’s what to do, via Conde Nast Traveler: Connect your Dash Pros to your phone via Bluetooth, set the languages and give your phone to your new friend, who can hear and respond using the phone while you listen. It’s not a perfect system yet, but remarkably powerful all the same.
Snag a pair of the Dash Pros for $329 a pop at Brigi’s website. Right now the translation function only works with iOS, but Android compatibility is on its way, per CNTraveler. May you never have an awkward interaction with your foreign waiter again.