Forget Google Glass, Raspberry Pi Powers This Amazing Universal Translator

By Gary Cutlack on at

The anticipated hotbed of indie development we were hoping to see triggered by the Raspberry Pi really has delivered some incredible concepts so far, and here's another stunner -- a real-time Google Glass-style wearable translator that generates subtitles when speaking to foreigners.

The project, built by Will Powell, uses two Raspberry Pi units hooked into some Vuzix video glasses, with a Bluetooth mic feeding audio to Microsoft’s translation API. The results are then pinged back and displayed as subtitles on the glasses, letting the pair above have a chat about technology over a nice game of chess.

There are several seconds of lag when generating and relaying the results to the wearer, which kind of stilts the conversation a little, but it's still a much easier way to communicate than spending several years bothering to learn another language and remembering if Spanish chairs are male or female. [Will Powell via Cnet]