Augmented reality glasses perform real-time language translation

Inspired by the Google's Project Glass, computer programmer Will Powell has built a prototype real-time translation system that listens to speech, translates it into one of 37 languages, and then displays the resulting text as subtitles directly onto the user's glasses.

In a nutshell, here's how it all works. A Bluetooth microphone picks up the audio signal and connects to a smartphone or tablet to provide a clean, noise-cancelled audio feed. The signal is then sent to the Microsoft Translator service, which detects the foreign language and transcribes it into the target language of choice. Finally, the translated text is displayed on the lower half of the glasses – effectively providing real-time subtitles for a conversation in a foreign language.

The subtitle interface and the pictured TV display (a non-essential component used in a demo to display the text of the entire conversation) is powered by two Raspberry Pi units - credit card sized, single-board computers that retail for US$35 each.
Shared publiclyView activity