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10

VELOCITY

VOYAGE

AUTO PILOT

Though it

won’t help

you speak

fluent French,

Spanish or

any other

language,

Waverly

Labs’ Pilot

earpiece, available for pre-

order, promises real-time

language translation. Taking

its cue from

The Hitchhiker’s

Guide to the Galaxy

’s Babel

Fish, this nifty device can

translate conversations in

multiple languages (initially

English, Spanish, French, Italian

and Portuguese) with a delay

of mere seconds. The system

comes with two earpieces, one

for each speaker, so you can

have conversations without too

many awkward moments. The

Pilot is due to ship in May, and is

available for pre-order now.

$249,

WWW.WAVERLYLABS.COM

HELP AT HAND

These days, your smartphone can

offer a wealth of options if you’re

looking to learn a new language.

Popular, free-to-download apps

like Duolingo (

www.duolingo.

com

) allow you to choose from a

range of languages and engage

in short, educational mini-games

that teach you words and phrases.

There are also podcast series that

offer a more verbal approach,

if that suits your learning style

more, and comprehensive paid-

for courses are offered online by

market leader Rosetta Stone (from

£240/year) or cheaper competitor

Babbel (£53.40/year).

FULL IMMERSION

Once you’re comfortable with

conversational basics in your

chosen language, why not plan a

trip? Immersing yourself in day-

to-day life in a foreign-speaking

country is one of the most

effective ways to learn. If funds

or time won’t allow a holiday

abroad, another good way to pick

up a language is by listening to

native radio stations. Depending

on your level of competence, a

lot may pass you by, but see what

words you can pick up and if you

can work out the context.

TAKE A CLASS

If you think you’ll pick up a

language better with human

help rather than via a computer

program, enrol on a course near

you. Many universities offer a

selection of evening lessons, paid

for on a termly basis, and with

class sizes that allow tutors to

help students individually if they

struggle with particular aspects

of a new language. Top London

uni SOAS (the School of Oriental

and African Studies) offers

courses covering languages

from Europe, Africa, Asia and

the Middle East, with 20 hours of

tuition starting from £299.

WWW.SOAS.AC.UK

B e a b e t t e r

WE LOVE

FLOAT LIKE A BEE

Cyclists face enough dangers

while cycling around in cities,

without the added hassle of

complicated navigation. With this

in mind, Beeline is a handle-

bar-mounted device that makes it

easy to get from A to B, requir-

ing less of your attention than

traditional navigation methods.

Founded by passionate cyclists Tom Putnam and Mark Jenner, Beeline

houses a magnetometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and a Bluetooth re-

ceiver, and pairs with the Beeline app to keep you pointed in the right

direction. Input your location, add any via points, put your phone

away and start riding. It’s easily removable, features a backlit, e-paper

display, is water and shock resistant and allows up to four weeks’

riding from a single charge.

£99,

WWW.BEELINE.CO

REMEMBER THE DAYS

Haddon Hall: When David Invented

Bowie

is a graphic novel that

commemorates the life of one of the

most influential recording artists of all

time. Illustrated by Tunisian, Paris-

based graphic designer and comic artist

Néjib, it shares the story of Bowie’s

formative years living in creative

commune Haddon Hall, a sprawling

Victorian house in south London.

During this experimental period, he wrote many of the songs for the

now-iconic albums

e Man Who Sold the World

,

e Rise and Fall of

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

and

Hunky Dory

. e book

is inspired by graphic designers of the time, such as Milton Glaser and

Heinz Edelmann, and features a supporting cast of colourful characters

such as Marc Bolan, John Lennon and Tony Visconti.

£14.99,

WWW.SELFMADEHERO.COM