Glasses provide subtitles for foreign language conversations

July 25, 2012

A translated conversation is displayed on a monitor (credit: Will Powell)

Drawing inspiration from Google’s upcoming Project Glass head-mounted glasses-style display, computer engineer and designer Will Powell put together a make-shift device to show some of the dramatic ways life will change in our augmented future, Smithsonian magazine reports.

The video shows Powell’s Frankenstein concoction cobbled together from 9 different pieces of equipment: a set of glasses with built in screens is driven by external computing power to translate Spanish speech into English, which appears live as subtitles floating in front of the wearer’s eyes.