Ever wandered around in a foreign country and tried to communicate with the locals? Of course you have, and you’ve also tried speaking sl-o-o-wly as if that makes anything better, as well as employed the ancient art of charades to try and get your message across.
But what if when someone was talking to you, subtitles appeared that translated what they were saying? Well a little homebrew project by Will Powell proves that you don’t need to lug around a translation dictionary to understand people.
Inspired by Google Glass, Powell built his own system that uses a pair of glasses, two Rasberry Pi computers, and a pair of microphones. As the video below demonstrates, one user speaks in Spanish while the other user ‘see’s a translation appear a few seconds later. It might not be lightning-fast for quick conversation, but it’s still a fascinating system that further demonstrates how augmented-reality glasses such as those by Google could impact our lives in a (hopefully) positive way.