evolutionary XRAI Glass, equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), is set to transform the lives of deaf individuals by enabling them to witness and even rewind conversations in real time. This cutting-edge technology leverages the synergy of augmented reality (AR) glasses (smart glasses) and a smartphone app, all powered by advanced AI software.
In addition to its remarkable impact on the deaf community, this innovative AI assistant has potential applications for a diverse range of users, offering a novel way to remember crucial details that might otherwise be forgotten.
XRAI Glass, akin to having "Alexa in front of your eyes," as described by Mitchell Feldman, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of XRAI, operates in tandem with Nreal Air Augmented Reality glasses. While currently synchronized with these glasses, XRAI aspires to collaborate with all AR and XR headset manufacturers in the future.
Inspiration for this breakthrough technology came from Co-founder Dan Scarfe's 97-year-old grandfather, who faced challenges participating in family gatherings due to hearing loss. His enjoyment of television with subtitles sparked the idea for a device that could caption his life beyond screens.
The XRAI Glass functions as an AI assistant that employs deep learning technology, utilizing methods like large-scale learning models (LLMs) to adeptly respond to even complex queries. The AI goes beyond by providing live captioning in over nine languages, with plans to expand this linguistic range.
However, certain challenges remain to be addressed. Interpretation can be challenging during overlapping conversations or in noisy environments. Moreover, compatibility is an issue, as the current smart glasses app is only supported by a limited range of Android smartphone models. Notably, the glasses are not yet compatible with iPhones.
Despite these hurdles, individuals like Justin Osmond and Tasha Ghouri have been astounded by XRAI Glass. Osmond, who has severe hearing loss, praised the glasses for offering a seamless conversation experience, while Ghouri, who was born deaf and became a contestant on the British reality show Love Island, was moved to tears by witnessing speech translated into real-time text.
As this technology evolves, there's great promise in improving accessibility for the deaf community and beyond. While the smart glasses themselves can be purchased separately for $484, the app offers both free and premium subscription options, ensuring a range of accessibility for interested users.