Captioning on Glass app brings real-time closed captioning to Google Glass

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.

Source: CNET

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  • *sigh* Does it really matter?
  • now this is the real deal. I had glass for a little while and it was cool...just not 1500 cool
  • Oooohhh, when this is available for Google Translate and I'll get one right away!
  • Okay. Now that's awesome. There's so many possibilities with this.
  • Good thing they're using Android for voice recognition and no the YouTube automatic captioning engine!
  • This is what wearables are all about. Making things easier and keeping people focused and connected. This is great. Was wondering when this would happen. Prettying quick too.
  • I'm intrigued by the possibilities, in principle. On the other hand, this is from the company whose Voicemail transcriptions and YouTube Closed Captioning are both laughably bad. Voice to text simply isn't "there" yet.
  • As a deaf person, my first thought is "COOL!!!" As a Google Voice (transcription of voice mail) user for many years, my second thought is "Not going to be ready for real world use for quite a while!"
  • Very cool. And kudos to the tech industry for these improvements and accessibility features. Posted via AC App on HTC One
  • Doesn't glass have it's own mic it would be alot better if you didn't need to use your phone what if your deaf this could really help people but are you going to hand a stranger on the street your phone if you need to ask them something like directions and like someone commented when they also use translate it will be great but probally put alot of people out of work cause they won't need translators any more it will be great when they tweak it and you won't need a connected phone to use it Posted via the Android Central App