Glasses to translate Japanese while you read it

1 October 2013

japan Some bright spark as made some augmented reality glasses that can translate a menu in real time and they were unveiled at a Japanese gadget fair Monday. Great news if you're planning a visit to Japan (and there's the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due as well).

NTT Docomo was showing off their latest development, which basically gives cameras, computers and other devices a new twist, enabling you to translate the world around you.

The translation tech overlays the wearer's first language onto unfamiliar text and Docomo said: "Character recognition technology enables instant language translation for users travelling abroad and reading restaurant menus and other documents."

Other things include apps that turns any flat surface into a touchscreen, while others use facial recognition, so you can use their head as a smartphone directory and look up their identity and all that.

Google Glasses will no doubt be looking at ways of swiping these ideas, or buying the technology on the cheap before someone else does.

TOPICS:   Technology   Travel

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