Glasses That Translate for You

Monday, Nov 2, 2009  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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Glasses That Translate for You

These glasses translate foreign languages for you but not well.

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Having a device that automatically translates other languages on the fly has been a sci-fi dream for years now, but we seem to be edging ever closer to having the technology on hand to make it a reality.

NEC's new Tele Scouter is a retinal-display gadget that translates what people say to you, then displays the translations as text on your glasses.

Unfortunately, it looks pretty bulky, requiring a computer to be hooked up to the glasses to do the heavy lifting.

And even then, the translations aren't really good enough to make wearing this thing in a foreign country practical. But someday, my friends. Someday.

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