Hi-tech glasses translate menu as you read
Augmented-reality glasses that can translate a foreign-language menu instantly were unveiled at a Japanese gadget fair yesterday.
The developers promise that they will be ready for visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
NTT Docomo was showing off its latest development, in which cameras, computers and know-how combine to give the wearer an entirely new view of the world.
One function of the glasses is to overlay text in the wearer's first language onto unfamiliar text, making signs and menus instantly understandable - a boon to travellers in Japan, where foreign-language menus are not commonly found off the tourist trail.
"Character-recognition technology enables instant language translation for users travelling abroad who want to read restaurant menus and other documents," Docomo said, as it showcased its gadget at the Combined Exhibition of Japanese Advanced Technologies.
Another application turns any flat surface into a touchscreen with the aid of a finger ring that lets wearers touch "tags" only they can see.
Other uses include facial recognition and identification, including job title.