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Babel Fisk are developing these glasses that will turn spoken words into text. The text will appear on the lens. You would literally be reading before your eyes what is being said to you.
It is a cool concept. However, it will not be for everyone. I don't know many people, including myself, that would find words appearing before their eyes as they converse with someone pleasant. It could be rather annoying. It will certainly be troubling for those who have problems with reading.
Some bloggers writing about this device said that with these glasses, there would be no more need for sign language. Yeah, right. These bloggers obviously have no clue what they are talking about. Sign language is so much more effective. I would rather have sign language to communicate with others than a pair of glasses. These gadgets can never replace a language.
I would rather have a small device in my hands that would translate everything that is being said into text. I believe that this is already in the works as well. With all the other cool gadgets already on the market and being developed as I type this, the glasses seem almost unnecessary at the moment.
I wonder how much they will cost? Who would actually buy them?
What do you think?