The glasses still need refining, but could be a more practical tool for formal business meetings abroad rather than for the spontaneous needs of tourists as all participants need a microphone for the system to work. Don't expect to see these in droves at the hotel lobby bar anytime soon.
Inspired by Project Glass, Will Powell rigged Vuzix 1200 Star glasses to translate a foreign language and provide subtitles for the wearer.
This technology is able to break down language barriers, enabling the wearer to have a real-time conversation with someone speaking a language they are unfamiliar with. Powell used two Raspberry Pi machines running debian squeeze, a Jawbone mic, headset mic, TV, iPhone, iPad and transformer, to talk to his Spanish-speaking sister. Here’s how it works: