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Google AR Glasses with Live Translations Could Change the World

Google showed off a set of eyeglasses that translate and transcribe in real time during their 2022 developer’s conference. The augmented reality display works with Google Translate. The Google AR glasses could revolutionize how people communicate when they don’t share a common language. The company didn’t announce a price point or how soon the technology goes on sale in the video below. But it’s a promising step in connecting the world.

We saw the news on The Verge. Already ubiquitous with online translation, Google is now set up to compete with other companies working on similar AR technology. The wearer doesn’t have to know the language spoken, a translation shows up on the display.

A simple transcription is also possible when translation isn’t needed. This serves as captions for people who are Deaf or have hearing impairments. It reduces reliance on lip-reading or for others to use sign language.

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The video was shared as part of Google I/O, the company’s yearly developer’s conference. Announcements of shiny new projects are often part of the event. Inspirational videos and simulations aside, it’s not clear when this product will be ready for the mass market. But there is a definite need for it. Contact lenses offering translations are in development by multiple companies already.

Augmented reality has incredible potential to enhance our lives. Applying Google Translate in real-time conversations is just one application. Snap Spectacles allow users to overlay filters and props and upload to Snapchat. Famed naturalist David Attenborough narrates an app that transforms your surroundings into those of extinct creatures.

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There’s also plenty of science fiction comparisons. These Google AR glasses give strong Star Wars language vibes. Nearly everyone can communicate with everyone else, even if they can’t speak other languages. Here’s hoping Google makes that a reality soon enough.

Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth. 

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