£400 XRAI smart glasses turn audio into captions to allow deaf people to ‘watch’ conversations

Smart glasses that let the deaf ‘see’ conversations: £400 XRAI augmented reality glasses turn audio into captions that display instantly before your eyes

  • XRAI Glass uses augmented reality to convert audio into captions
  • These are instantly displayed in front of the wearer’s eyes
  • Josh Feldman, 23, was born with severe hearing loss and described his experience testing glasses as ‘completely unusual’

While smart glasses have been restricted to the realm of science fiction, brands ranging from Snapchat to Facebook have released their own devices in recent years.

Now, a new pair of smart glasses has been launched for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The glasses, called XRAI Glass, use augmented reality to convert audio into captions that are instantly displayed in front of the wearer’s eyes.

“We are very proud of this innovative technology’s ability to enrich the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people, so they can maximize their potential,” said Dan Scarf, CEO of XRAI Glass.

“Whether that means being able to hold a conversation while you’re going over dinner or keeping the conversation going while you’re walking with a friend.”

The glasses, called XRAI Glass, use augmented reality to convert audio into captions that are instantly displayed in front of the wearer’s eyes.

Nreal Air Glasses: Key Specifications

Open form factor: 148 mm x 52 mm x 159 mm

closed form factor: 148 mm x 52 mm x 60 mm

Energy: up to 5 hours

Weight: 79 grams

My voice: 2 open-ear speakers

price: £399.99

The hardware was developed by augmented reality glasses company Nreal with its Nreal Air glasses, while the software was provided by XRAI Glass.

This program converts the audio into a translated version of the conversation, which then appears on the screen of the glasses.

With voice-recognition capabilities, the glasses can identify who’s speaking, and you’ll soon be able to translate languages, tones, dialects, and pitch, according to XRAI Glass.

Josh Feldman, 23, was born severely hard of hearing and has had a hearing aid in both ears since he was 18 months old.

He tested the glasses without having any idea what they were about to do, calling them “extremely exceptional”.

“Clearly the impact of not being able to count on looking at someone’s lips and being able to talk to them is something that can be life-changing,” Josh said.

Meanwhile, Hannah Brady, who has 60 percent hearing loss in both ears, described the glasses as “cool.”

Josh Feldman (pictured) was born with severe hearing loss and has had hearing aids in both ears since he was 18 months old.

Josh Feldman (pictured) was born with severe hearing loss and has had hearing aids in both ears since he was 18 months old.

The program converts the audio into a translated version of the conversation, which then appears on the glasses screen

The program converts the audio into a translated version of the conversation, which then appears on the glasses screen

“Oh, my God,” she said, “that’s really accurate.” “The great thing about it is that it doesn’t get in the way of what I’m trying to see either.”

Aside from allowing the deaf to “see” conversations with other people, glasses can also open the door to other technologies, such as smart assistants.

Hana tested the glasses to talk to Alexa from Amazon and was able to “see” Alexa’s response to the weather forecast, while simultaneously slicing lemons in the kitchen.

Mark Atkinson, CEO of the Royal National Institute of the Deaf (RNID), said: ‘This is a great example of the positive difference innovative technology can make for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

At RNID, we are excited about the potential for technology to change the lives of our communities.

XRAI glass is intuitive, easy to use and can be a powerful tool in ensuring that people with hearing impairments do not feel excluded in social settings.

“We support and applaud this endeavor and are keen to play our part in connecting innovators with our diverse communities.”

The glasses are now available through EE for £399.99, or at an upfront cost of £10 then £35 a month for 11 months for EE customers.

What companies are working on augmented reality glasses?

Last year, Snap unveiled its new generation of Spectacles, which are the first generation of augmented reality (AR) glasses.

Last year, Snap unveiled its new generation of Spectacles, which are the first generation of augmented reality (AR) glasses.

Augmented reality (AR) glasses have seen a resurgence in desire, with a group of companies working to develop their own technology.

Bose recently joined a rapidly growing list of technology companies that make augmented reality glasses.

The first company to enter the race was Google, which launched the Google Glass glasses in 2011.

Google Glass, now referred to as Glass, has been changed from a consumer-oriented product to an enterprise product, used by companies like Boeing.

Since then, many companies have come out with their own products.

Secretive startup Magic Leap started working on a prototype several years ago, but finally launched its ‘mixed reality’ smart glasses in 2018.

Technology company Vuzix, based in Rochester, New York, launched the Vuzix Blade eyewear in 2019 for about $1,300.

They use a small projector to display a virtual image in the upper right corner of their lens.

The wearer can connect to WiFi and read emails and other messages through the screen, as well as use Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, to issue voice commands.

Amazon is also rumored to be working on its own augmented reality glasses to be released sometime in the future.

Additionally, Intel released its prototype smart glasses, the Vaunt, earlier this year.

The glasses use mesh projection to place a small screen over the wearer’s eyeball.

Snap launched Spectacles and there are rumors that Facebook and Apple are working on augmented reality glasses.

Niantic, the US company being Pokemon Go, has revealed a partnership with Qualcomm to create its own AR headset technology.

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