Google developing AR translation glasses

Google is set to launch augmented reality (AR) glasses that can display translations of conversations in real time.

At the tech giant’s annual I/O developer conference, Eddie Chung, director of product management at Google said the as-yet-unnamed device would provide “subtitles for the world”, according to a report from Reuters news.

Audiences at the conference were shown a video of the prototype for the device which displayed conversations translated into English, Spanish, Mandarin and American Sign Language, performed by a built-in computer.

The glasses, which are the company’s second attempt at a pair of glasses following the lacklustre reception of its Google Glass in 2012, do not have a visible camera on the frame.

"What we're working on is technology that enables us to break down language barriers, taking years of research in Google Translate and bringing that to glasses," said Eddie Chung, said in quotes reported by Reuters.

Chung did not confirm an expected release date for the glasses.

At the same event, Google set out plans for a range of new product launches, including a virtual card payments in a new Google Wallet app, a new tablet set to launch in 2023 and a smartwatch due to go on sale later in 2022.

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