Main mobile phone operator in Japan, NTT Docomo, unveiled on Monday, during the CEATEC gadget fair, a pair of augmented reality glasses that can translate a menu while the user reads it in real time. The glasses are to be ready by 2020, as they could be an attraction for tourists who will visit Tokyo during the Olympic Games.
One function of the smart glasses overlays the user’s mother tongue onto a text written in an unfamiliar language, making signs and menus instantly understandable. This option could be an important helping instrument for visitors in Japan, where foreign-language menus are not commonly found off the tourist trail, the international press comments.
“Character recognition technology enables instant language translation for users travelling abroad and reading restaurant menus and other documents,” Docomo said in a statement, as it showcased the gadget at CEATEC Japan.
Another function of the augmented reality glasses turns any flat surface into a touchscreen, with a finger ring relaying positioning information to the device that lets wearers “touch” tags that only they can see, perhaps to perform an Internet search.
Other options include the recognition of one’s face, in order to establish the person’s identity, and job title from a smartphone’s directory.