In the cult sci-fi novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, you slide a yellow Babel fish into your ear to get translations in an instant. In the real world, Google’s $159 Pixel Bud earbuds work with its Pixel smartphones and Google Translate app to produce practically real-time translation.
Google’s ‘Babel-fish’ Pixel Buds allow the wearer to tap and holds a finger on the right earbud while talking. The listener instantly receives the translated message from the Pixel handset. Splitting the interaction between the phone and the earbuds gives each person control of a microphone and helps the speakers maintain eye contact, since they’re not trying to pass a phone back and forth.
In the famous words of Oscar Wilde, it would appear that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life“.