Watch: Google show off live-translation earbuds which overcome language barriers



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Google's upgrades to its Pixel smartphones and other gadgets are its latest steps toward turning its digital services into your backup brain.

Perhaps the most exciting new device announced at the Google event in San Fransisco today, are its new wireless headphones called Pixel Buds.

In addition to relaying audio from the phone, the headphones can also translate spoken language in real time, working with translation software built into the new Pixels.

The feature also will be coming to last year's Pixel models in an update.

This impressive new feature was put to the test onstage by two Google employees who shared a conversation with each other in Swedish and English, as the Pixel Buds translated in real-time.

If the feature works as well as displayed it could be a glimpse into a future where language is not a barrier anymore.

The other new products the company unveiled are packed with artificial intelligence that Google has accumulated from their own search services.

The company's widely used search engine, Gmail, maps, Chrome web browser and other services have yielded a fountain of data the company has used to smarten up its software and gadgets.

Pixel Buds were priced at $US159 dollars and will be released in the US at the start of November. 

So far no New Zealand release dates or pricing is available on any of the products.

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