Glasses that Actually Increase Intelligence: The Tele Scouter
If the cliched stereotype that smart people always wear glasses isn't enough no they have glasses that very literally make you smarter. Japanese technology company NEC has developed the Tele Scouter, a pair of glasses that display text on a person's retina and translates between languages in the attached headphones. The Tele Scouter was originally developed as a sort of sixth sense where a camera and audio recorder would recognize people and though a database could display other in-depth information on a person through its earphones and retina text display. The Tele Scouter has evolved into operating in numerous languages and providing a translation function.
The brilliant glasses have two main features:
Audio - The Tele Scouter's microphone can receive a person talking in a different language and present it in your language.
Visual - The glasses' camera can acknowledge a person or something and "get text subtitles [about that person or thing] beamed onto the retina" which can be either translated language text or information regarding a person or company.
NEC said the Tele Scouter would be launched in Japan in November, 2010 but would initially lack the translation feature. A version that can provide subtitles would follow in 2011, it said.
When it goes on sale, a batch of 30 headsets will cost about 7.5m yen (£50,000). The cost does not include the price of the translation tools and software.