Google’s Project Glass video — released in April and shared wide and far over the Internet — presented a set of so-called “Google Glasses” that were capable of several impressive functions: The spectacles in the video could display the weather, give turn-by-turn directions and automatically reveal information about anything you were looking at, all on a small monitor in front of your eyeball. The video, Google said, did not necessarily contain the features that its Glasses were capable of but was rather meant as a conversation starter: A post on Google+ asked viewers to share with the Project Glass team what functions they’d like to see on a more complete version of Project Glass.
We’ve already introduced you to British tinkerer Will Powell and his homemade Google Glass, a DIY set of high-tech eyeglasses that function much like the Glasses in Google’s whiz-bang video. Clunkier than the pair of glasses Google is showing off, Powell’s Glass-like device is nonetheless loaded with some impressive functionality, including full voice recognition, an on-device camera and a full MP3 player.
Now, Powell has added a new trick: real-time language translation.
In a video posted to YouTube, Powell shows how he and a conversation partner are able to communicate using different languages thanks to an automatic translation application on Powell’s set of Glasses. In the video, Powell speaks English and his sister speaks Spanish, and the English translation of his sister’s speech appears in real-time on the display of Powell’s Glasses, thanks to a simple use of Microsoft’s Translator service. More.