Glasses With Simultaneous Translation

“No fever” (without temperature), explains an American patient to Japanese doctor who does not understand a word of English. “Wakarimashita” (I understood), he responds at the same moment, after reading the translation projected on the eye…

NEC, a Japanese company for electronics and information systems, developed the visual and sound system for the direct translation from English into Japanese (and vice versa), which rests on a small transmission box sequential with glasses that project the image on the iris.
With this prototype it becomes possible to talk in native language, and almost fluent, with foreign interlocutor, especially in exceptional situations that require immediate mutual understanding (visit to the doctor, jobs with administration, etc.).
“For ten years we have been working on tools for automatic simultaneous interpretation,” recalls Kotaro Nagahama, responsible for product development at the NEC.
Ambition of the company about designing electronic interpreters dates back to the 1977th when the president Koji Kobayashi, a visionary at the time, initiated the concept of “C & C: a fusion of computer and communication.”At the beginning of the 21st century it will be possible to talk with anyone, anytime, anywhere,” he said then.

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