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Deaf People Gain Speech Ability with AI-Powered Smart Glasses

by Vanessa Waithera
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Deaf People Gain Speech Ability with AI-Powered Smart Glasses

New artificial intelligence (AI)-powered smart glasses are now available, allowing the deaf to listen in on conversations in real time by reading subtitles.

This is a current example of innovative technology making a big difference. These glasses were produced by Branded XRAI Glass using regular augmented reality (AR) glasses connected to an AI-powered smartphone app. The most recent technology also includes a chat-rewind capability and functions as a personal assistant by recalling any information the user might have forgotten.

In addition, the live captioning software can translate into over nine other languages, with more to follow in the coming months. The translation occurs almost instantly, enabling the wearer to follow along with the dialogue.

XRAI Glass co-founder and chief marketing officer Mitchell Feldman referred to it as “Alexa in front of your eyes” which is quite a fitting analogy. 

The 97-year-old grandfather of co-founder Dan Scarfe was the inspiration for this product because he struggled to participate in family gatherings due to hearing loss.

​​“Where his grandfather came to life the most was watching television and using subtitles,” Feldman said.

He added, “If he enjoys captioning, why can’t we caption his life? And that was the genesis of how this product started.”

However, it is not yet compatible with the iPhone.

The normal live captioning app is currently available for free download with the assistant on fourteen Android smartphone models. The app will soon be made available for free on Apple handsets, but users will be required to pay for premium services separately. While the glasses alone cost $484, the translation services require subscription payments.

In addition, there are still a few changes that must be made before the glasses can be used on a daily basis. People speaking over one another, for instance, can make it difficult to understand group conversations. Additionally, accurate speech interpretation requires a quiet environment. We anticipate that as this fascinating innovation develops, it will make participation and engagement possible for people who have hearing loss.

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