An Earpiece to Translate Foreign Languages in Real-Time

Since learning an entirely new language every time you travel is a bit absurd, there will always be boundaries when trying to communicate in foreign nations. Enter the Pilot earpiece by Waverly Labs: an in-ear, real-time translator that will allow users to seamlessly converse with each other even if they’re speaking two different languages—similar to what Skype’s in-call translator feature can do. The device is …

The Chattiest States in the US

Market analytics firm Marchex analyzed over two million phone calls made between 2013 and 2015 to determine the fastest, slowest and most verbose states in the US. Turns out, the results aren’t too far off of what you might already expect. New Yorkers pulled way ahead of other states in terms of word density while states in the south showcased their southern drawl with slower …

Toki Pona is the Ultimate Minimalist Language

The Oxford English Dictionary adds dozens of words to its glossary each year and, right now, it contains about a quarter-of-a-million words. By comparison, Toki Pona—a new language born from the pursuit of minimalism—consists of just 123 words. But from those few, Toki Pona speakers argue that they can flesh out nearly every idea, action or item. The language’s creator, Sonja Lang, explains, “If you …