These Glasses Let Deaf People ‘See Conversations’

Smart glasses are giving deaf people a heads-up display of live, real-time subtitles, as they chat, right in front of their eyes.

Smart glasses are giving deaf people a heads-up display of live, real-time subtitles, as they chat, right in front of their eyes.

“To me, this technology enables me to be involved,” says Steve Crump, founder of DeafKidz International, based in London. “It empowers and it resources me to be in the conversation in the moment. I’m getting a real-time stream of subtitled information where ordinarily I might be behind. I might not quite catch everything, but this is giving me a real-time narrative which enables me to be informed. It enables me to be involved, enables me to make decisions because I know what is being said.”

The software, called XRAI Glass, is still being developed. The company’s CEO says it will soon be able to translate languages.

This video was provided by Reuters.

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