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]