A leading electronics company in Japan has revealed its head-mount device that is likely to threat the Google Glass, even though it may not include many of the exciting features of Glass.
This augmented reality device was made public during the Japanese Gadget Fair called CEATEC, and by Tokyo Olympics these glasses are expected to be available in the retail market. However, the manufacturer of this head-mount device has showcased its unique features during the gadget fair. The device is aimed to make life easier for the tourists.
NTT DOCOMO, developer of these augmented reality spectacles, explained the features of the device to the press and consumers who attended the gadget fair. This augmented reality device works both as a computer and a camera and can even perform tasks that Glass is yet to offer. The most interesting among them is its ability to translate any foreign language to the user’s native language. In fact, NTT DOCOMO promoted these spectacles as “the best friend of the tourists”, especially for those visiting Japan during the Tokyo Olympics. These augmented reality spectacles will help tourists to freely roam around the country, read any documents and dine at any restaurant without any confusion. Thanks to the AR technology, the spectacles from NTT DOCOMO will automatically translate the content into the native language of the user.
According to the company representatives, “Character recognition technology enables instant language translation for users travelling abroad and reading restaurant menus and other documents.”
Being based in a monolingual country, NTT DOCOMO took a giant step for helping the country’s tourism. Visiting Japan usually becomes a major concern for many tourists due to the language problem; however, the augmented reality device from NTT DOCOMO will encourage more number of tourists to visit Japan as it will make every little sign and symbol understandable.
Besides, these augmented reality spectacles have the ability to turn any given “flat surface into a touch screen panel”. Simply face any wall or a flat surface and the image will be reflected on it. Better still, no one except the use can see the images on the surface, which makes this augmented reality device even more interesting.
In addition, NTT DOCOMO is including several other features in these augmented reality spectacles. And they in the middle of developing additional features that will also be included before this augmented reality device becomes officially available in the market. The company has already incorporated the facial recognition feature and has showcased this feature during the launch.
NTT Docomo is among the biggest independent Japanese electronics companies, providing mobile and wireless support. The company is now exploring the potential of AR technology and other advanced technologies and its new augmented reality spectacles could be a potential threat to Google’s revolutionary product – Glass.
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