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NEC Showcases Real-Time Language Translation Tool

In a bid to break communication barriers and help people sharpen their linguistics skills in a remarkable way, a Japanese firm NEC has designed a high-tech gadget, which offers users instant real-time language translation capabilities.

Dubbed as “Tele Scouter”, the gadget’s shape resembles that of a pair of glasses, and it helps users establish conversations with people of different languages by offering real-time language translation directly onto their retina.

The system incorporates voice recognition technology, microphones, along with various translations programmes to interpret conversations as they occur, projecting subtitles on the user’s retina, thereby eliminating the need of human translators completely.

In addition, the device also has the feature to offer audio translations via headphones.

Speaking about the features of the device, Takayuki Omino, NEC’s market development official, said in a statement: “You can keep the conversation flowing. This could also be used for talks involving confidential information, negating the need for a human translator”

These innovative pair of glasses is expected to be released in Japan by the end of the next year, and initially it will be available to businesses in a bundle of 30 with a price tag of around £50,000.

The technology showcases huge potential in helping people to communicate with others effectively, without concerning about the language-related issues, and thereby turn out to be a major boost for various sectors, particularly tourism industry.

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