These smart glasses convert words into voice for people who are visually impaired

To push Android farther into the workplace

A Japanese company is building up a pair of smart glasses that convert words into voice for the individuals who are dyslexic or generally have difficulty reading, as spotted by SoraNews24. The glasses, in development since 2012, have been listed on Campfire, Japan’s version of Kickstarter, with the objective of raising $93,500 up so as to offer each pair for around $47.

The Oton Glass are glasses with two little cameras and an earphone on the sides. Half of the lens is a mirror that reflects the user’s eye so that the inner-facing camera can track eye movements and blinks.

Users will look at some text and blink to capture a photo of what’s in front of them, which gets transmitted to a dedicated Raspberry Pi cloud system, analyzed for text, and then converted into a voice that plays through the earpiece. In the event that the system can’t read those words, a remote worker would be available to troubleshoot. Some of those ideas sound similar to Google Translate, which is as of now capable for taking a photo and converting it into voice. Yet, to use the app, despite everything you need to take out your phone and swipe over lines of text, which feels somewhat more unnatural than blinking at text through your glasses.

All things considered, given how rudimentary the tech sounds, if the text recognition system fails to read anything, it’s possible the Oton Glass would simply be reduced to individuals deciphering text. The whole thing could become reduced to a really expensive decoding service.

Up until now, the company has raised 1,236,500 yen ($11,573.64) on Campfire, which is only 12 percent of its proposed 10,000,000 yen goal. The Oton was most recently a third-place runner-up for the James Dyson grant in 2016.


Source: Shannon Liao | The Verge