See the future: DoCoMo unveils glasses that translate menus as you read

AFP-JIJI

Augmented reality glasses that can translate a menu in real time were unveiled at the CEATEC Japan gadget fair Monday, with promises they could be ready for visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

NTT DoCoMo was showing off its latest development where cameras, computers and know-how combine to give the wearer a whole different view of what is seen.

One function of the gizmo overlays the wearer’s first language onto unfamiliar text, making signs and menus understandable instantly — a boon to travelers in Japan.

“Character recognition technology enables instant language translation for users traveling abroad and reading restaurant menus and other documents,” DoCoMo said. Another application turns any flat surface into a touchscreen.