A picture of Google's new Pixel Buds translating headphones

One of the biggest concerns of traveling abroad is often the communication barrier. When you're in an entirely different country with an entirely different language (and even, sometimes, a different alphabet) asking for even the most basic necessities can be a stressful task. Luckily, Google has stepped in to solve the problem — and we're hardly surprised.

Google's new Pixel Buds look like any other set of headphones, though instead of simply being used to listen to music or watch a video, they can translate 40 languages in real time. This means that if you're traveling through, say, Turkey, and someone is speaking Turkish to you, the headphones will translate the words to English (or whatever other language you need) as they're talking. 

Even better, these very same headphones can help you speak 40 languages, too. In the same way that it translates words someone else is speaking to you, it will translate back your words to the other person, using front-facing speakers for the other person to hear what you're saying in response. 

Lasting up to five hours on any one charge, these headphones are an absolute game changer. Better yet, the pocket-sized case they come in holds an additional five charges, so you can use your headphones for 24 hours straight before you'll need to find another outlet. And naturally, you'd assume the genius of this invention has a price to match, though at $159 we find it quite a good investment.