A new Glassware app has made it to Google Glass to make it easier for those hard of hearing to communicate by bringing real-time closed captioning to Glass' heads-up display. Developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Captioning on Glass app leverages the microphone on the connected smartphone to capture spoken speech and translate it into text on Glass using Google's speech recognition software in real-time.
Lead developer Jim Foley, who is a professor at the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, said:
If hard-of-hearing people understand the speech, the conversation can continue immediately without waiting for the caption. However, if I miss a word, I can glance at the transcription, get the word or two I need and get back into the conversation.
And the reason why the connected phone's microphone is used, rather than the built-in mic on Google Glass, is because Glass' microphone is designed to capture speech from the wearer.
The team is also working on an app designed to translate spoken languages in real time, which would be a great utility for travelers to foreign destinations.
The Captioning on Glass Glassware app is available as a free download on Google Play.