Converse: Sharing is Pairing

Converse is our mode for sharing a Pilot earbud with guests and groups. We originally architected the system to serve as many users as possible by allowing the host to sync multiple people together from different phones. Since then, we simplified the process to join a conversation by removing some of the registration and setup steps when sharing with a partner. When sharing the secondary Pilot earbud, the pairing process will be quicker for the guest to enter a conversation with the host.

Additionally, while in Converse you can access a settings page in the top right corner which will provide access to various options, including:

  • Continuous Translation: This system defaults to continually recognize and translate everything you say, but if you switch this off, you’ll enter a push-to-talk scenario where your speech will only be translated when you push the button on the app. It’s convenient if you only want to translate specific phrases or parts of your conversation and significantly reduces the amount of gibberish that might otherwise be translated.
  • Translation Feedback: When you speak, you’ll automatically hear the same translation in your earbud that your conversation partner hears, but you can toggle this on/off if you don’t want to hear the translation repeated to you.
  • Add people: This feature allows users to add additional guests to your conversation. It’s an essential tool for groups and teams. Just share the QR code with your guests and they can sync-in through their smartphone via the Pilot Speech Translator app. They’ll use their smartphone’s speakerphone, no additional Pilot earbuds required.
  • Your Language: Offers an option to change your language while in conversation.
  • PDF export transcript option: This feature will let users download, print and/or email a transcript of their conversation.

Lastly, we’ve heard your feedback regarding the one-phone Pilot earbud sharing solution. Our original engineering design allowed two Pilot earbuds to be shared for conversations from one phone, but we moved to the two-phone solution because it offered more flexibility to add larger groups, provided transcripts per person to ensure accuracy, and improved speech clarity and translation because it required less bluetooth bandwidth. Long story short, we changed our architecture and chipset supplier for these added benefits, but reverting back to the one-phone solution is going to require further engineering work, since this new chipset wasn’t designed for that feature. We’re still working on it, but if you need to speak with support about another solution, please contact them here:

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