NTT DoCoMo's New Smart Glasses Could Translate Manga Instantly
posted on by Bamboo Dong
With new advances in technology, you won't need to wait for an English release of a manga, or cross your fingers for a bilingual release. All you'll need to read your favorite new manga is a pair of smart glasses, and an Internet connection.
Mobile provider NTT DoCoMo unveiled their new gadget at the Createc trade show in Tokyo, showing off a pair of smart glasses can translate Japanese text (it also supports Chinese, Korean, and English) on the fly, allowing readers to see translated text over the original characters. This is their more practical approach to pre-existing apps that utilize the user's smart phone camera to deliver an augmented reality experience, as well as NTT DoCoMo's own efforts.
Of course, given how notoriously clunky online translators can be, the glasses may not deliver the seamless manga-reading experience one would hope for, but it might help to navigate a foreign city... such as Tokyo in 2020, by which time the company already hopes to have the glasses ready.
Reuters has a video news report here
[Via Technabob from Reuters]