TECHNOLOGY

Smart glasses allow deaf people to ‘see’ conversations with subtitles

The glasses have speech recognition that can recognize speech (Photo: XRAI Glass)

With augmented reality (AR) smart glasses, deaf people can now “see” conversations in real time.

The XRAI Glass uses augmented reality to convert audio into captions that appear before the eyes of those wearing the glasses.

The ‘first of its kind’ smart glasses are attached to a phone and aim to enable the deaf community to participate in everyday conversations.

The glasses have speech recognition that can even recognize speech, and the company hopes to develop the technology to translate languages. It plans to reach 70,000 people by the end of 2023.

The company shared a video of a deaf woman trying the glasses on for the first time and her delight at seeing the technology in action.

Diana, who uses sign language to communicate, is blown away by the text on the glasses in front of her and says she is ‘honoured’.

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“We are so proud of the ability of this innovative technology to enrich the lives of deaf and hearing loss people so that they can maximize their potential,” said Dan Scarfe, CEO of XRAI Glass.

“Whether that means being able to carry on a conversation while staying over dinner or keeping a conversation going while walking with a friend,”

The British company has teamed up with AI company Nreal to create consumer-ready AR glasses.

XRAI Glass has launched a public trial in which the company will “continuously listen and learn from its users, and expand the AI ​​capabilities and intuitive features of the software to provide the very best service.”

The XRAI Glass goggles can be bought in the UK through EE for £399.99 or £10 and then £35 per month for 11 months.

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