If you travel a lot to different parts of the world, either for business or pleasure, then one issue you often come across is the language barrier. Although gadgets and software have made it possible to communicate with others regardless of language barriers, most people will agree that they aren’t quick, clear or accurate enough to ensure a smooth conversation, resulting in endless frustration for users. However, Timekettle has a gadget that addresses all such issues, the Timekettle WT2 Edge.
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Timekettle WT2 Edge: Quick And Accurate
The Timekettle WT2 Edge is a set of translator earbuds that are claimed to be the world’s first truly bi-directional simultaneous translation earbuds. This means the gadget translates in real time as users speak and listen.
According to the company, it can interpret what is said to the listener in about 0.5 seconds with up to 95% accuracy. The company also claims that the WT2 Edge can translate up to 40 languages and supports up to 93 different accents. If this is true, it means it covers about 90% of the world’s population.
In our review of the Timekettle WT2 Edge, we didn’t focus too much on the claims of it supporting 40 languages and 93 accents. Rather, we were keen to test its performance claims.
Most of the translating earbuds currently on the market work a lot like walkie-talkies, in which one person speaks at a time and waits for the translator to do the work. Although such translating earbuds allow you to have a conversation, they aren’t natural.
This isn’t the case with the WT2 Edge. I tested the gadget with a few different languages and scenarios and found it to be effective. I was able to speak and hear the translations at the same time. As a result, there were no awkward pauses, and most of the time, it resulted in a "normal" two-way conversation.
A major reason for such speed and accuracy is that the WT2 Edge is powered by the world’s six leading translation engines, including those from Google and Microsoft. Moreover, the WT2 Edge uses 15 servers worldwide to ensure the fastest translations possible.
Other Supporting Features
Apart from speed and accuracy, another smart feature that makes this gadget different from many others is the presence of a noise isolation function. This feature also works as claimed and blocks background noises, enabling the conversation to be loud and clear. This noise isolation function is also effective on all WT2 Edge modes (Touch mode, Speaker Mode and Simultaneous Mode).
The battery allows for about three hours of continuous use. Depending on the usage, the battery can last a lot longer. It takes about 90 minutes to get them fully juiced up.
In terms of the overall design, they seem like any other ordinary earbuds, but it is their performance that distinguishes them from most others on the market. Still, the earbuds feel sturdy, fit well and give a premium feel.
Overall, the Timekettle WT2 Edge is a highly effective set of translating earbuds that ensures "normal" two-way communication. It comes in two versions, online and offline, and is suitable for iOS and Android. The online version is less expensive, but an active Wi-Fi or data connection is a must. The offline version costs more and takes up sizable storage space on your phone, but it supports the eight most commonly-spoken languages.
Disclaimer: We received this product free in exchange for an honest review.