[Bestbuy618DIY Hardware Channel]On November 11, 2020, Shenzhen’s new AI voice translation hardware brand “Space Time Pot” released a new AI translation headset M2 for the consumer market. Unlike the previous true wireless headset, which focuses on wireless experience, Space Time Pot M2 uses true wireless headset characteristics to integrate AI real-time translation into humanities technology application scenarios. AI real-time translation is integrated into the application scenario of humanities technology, with the official introduction “Space-time pot M2 will bring consumers a more natural and efficient communication experience.” The ideal is always beautiful, but can this product really play as advertised experience level?
The packaging for the space-time pot M2 and the general true wireless headset is essentially the same; in addition to the main body of the headset, manuals, and three packages of proof, the package also includes a Type-C charging cable. The headset side is a completely different style; the open way of the space-time pot M2 is “cracked,” from the middle to open in half, left and right two split wireless headset by magnetic suction force in the charging box lies well.
Of course, split storage means that the hardware needs to leave storage space for the left and right two headphones and batteries, as well as more contacts to sense whether the headphones are separated or taken out of use, plus the body of the space-time pot M2 headphones is relatively large, so this product will appear much larger than similar wireless headphones in the past.
Before using, make a Bluetooth connection, take out the two headsets, at this time the headset indicator will flash with a fast and slow frequency, representing that it is preparing to connect, in the phone can search for the “Timekettle M2” device, click to complete the connection. Next, we must download with the Timekettle APP, download and select the corresponding headset model, click on the connection, at this time the software will automatically connect. After we have completed these settings, we can pass one headset to the other and begin the simultaneous interpretation mode; the indicator area on each headset is also the touch area, and after touching our headset and hearing the tone, we can begin talking continuously, and after a while, both parties can hear the simultaneous interpretation. It should be noted that, at this time, both headsets can perform radio and playback translation functions, but the calculation still needs to be performed through the phone (even if it is offline), and the headset cannot work independently after detaching from the phone.
Some may wonder, “If so, why not use the translation APP directly?” The official explanation given by Space Time Pot is that, unlike the translation APP’s “you say a sentence and I see a sentence,” the starting point of the Space Time Pot headset is that both sides can communicate face-to-face with high frequency, which focuses on the immersive experience and is also in line with the human communication habit of “hearing and speaking.” Because it is a global product, the space-time pot M2 officially supports online voice translation in 40 languages and 93 accents, as well as offline mutual translation in English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, French, and other languages. You don’t need to be concerned about this.
In terms of accuracy, we first tried Time Pot M2’s touch simultaneous interpretation mode, which is also the product’s main core function. The headset was given to two people speaking different native languages to listen to the translation in real time, and we chose the conventional Chinese-English and Chinese-Japanese interpretations, and one side touched the headset indicator area to hear the prompt to speak continuously. In our evaluation, the accuracy rate is around 80%, where the accuracy rate refers to the headset’s accuracy rate of human voice recognition, pronouncing clear and slower stats.
Some professional terms, as well as online translation mode, can provide accurate translation; however, there is still a significant gap to be interpreted in the same voice as a real person. Although the official time pot claims to be able to make people speak while translating, the sound will still be played in two headphones at the same time after the cloud translation, always making people want to listen to the accuracy of the translation before speaking the next sentence, not to mention the voice extraction is not perfect, may often need to glance at the phone to see if the machine extraction is correct.
Furthermore, the headset’s directional radio performance is poor, especially when speaking with other people’s voices mixed in, but it is also easily translated out. It is easy to encounter this embarrassing situation outside, but it is not a problem at all indoors. 1-to-1 offline translation costs 5 Fish coins (30 yuan), and the offline version is free of 30 Fish coins There is also the APP used with the headset is difficult to say that it works well, the setup entrance arrangement is rather scattered, especially the offline translation package download (the entrance is surprisingly the mall), and in the process of using, the cell phone
Listening to the translation mode experience will be better, in listening to speeches, meetings, and other scenarios recommended to use, space-time pot M2 will use the phone radio, and then the translation content in real time to the headset, but we also encountered the speed of speech is too fast to identify the extraction of the scene. Although there is still much room for improvement in both hardware and software, it is difficult to find comparable products in today’s market that match its starting point.