Moverio Glasses Offer Live Subtitling for the Deaf

Epson’s Moverio, if you haven’t yet heard about it, is a pair of glasses controlled by a wired touch remote, outfitted with Wi-Fi and running on Android. It was originally conceived as a sort of head-worn home theater system, but a little experimentation has led to something that could be developed into a useful tool for the deaf and the hearing impaired.

Some of the people behind Moverio took a high-powered microphone, a smartphone running Google Translate, and Moverio, and turned it into a system that can offer subtitles for real life. In the video, you can see one man speak to another, who is deaf. The microphone picks up the first man’s speech, which is converted to text by Google Translate. That text is then sent to the Moverio glasses worn by the deaf man, who sees what the first man said, and is able to respond using sign language.

The whole set-up is very involved (and very wired), so it’s nothing along the lines of a practical use of the technology – yet. However, as a proof of concept, it’s an excellent way to see what the future might have in store. If nothing else, it should be an inspiration to others to develop something like this system that can be unencumbered by wires. Knowing how fast tech moves, we could see it sooner rather than later.


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  1. Proof-of-concept implementations are stops on the road a more polished one. Wires are easy to replace with transceivers once the principle is demonstrated as sound and you know it’s worth your time. In an age of drop-in radio modules, I don’t get why you’re so quick to dismiss this over a few wires.

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