Google says glasses can translate languages


Ten years after introducing “Google Glass”, Alphabet Inc. has created a new kind of smart glasses. The company claims that the laptop can translate different languages ​​in real time.

A working model, or prototype, of the as-yet-unnamed device was shown to the public this week at the annual Google I/O developer conference. Google did not say when the glasses might go on sale to the public. The first Google Glass device included a wearable camera that could film what wearers saw. This caused widespread privacy issues. The camera element has also given Google Glass a sort of sci-fi look. The latest device looks more like traditional glasses.

A brief demonstration of the new glasses described its translation capability, but did not provide additional details. The company also didn’t say if the new device would come with a camera. A demonstration explained that a person wearing glasses talking with someone who speaks a different language can see words spoken in their own language. The description showed translations involving English, Mandarin, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

The new device was one of many products shared at the conference that are currently in development. The company said the products aim to better connect Google services to activities that happen in the real world. This includes the company’s offerings for map search and visualization, as well as other services using the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI).

Eddie Chung, director of product management at Google, spoke to developers about the new glasses. “What we’re working on is technology that allows us to break down language barriers, taking years of research in Google Translate and bringing that to the glasses,” he said. Chung said he believed the product could provide “subtitles for the world.”

Google has also announced that a new tablet, or small handheld, will be released in 2023. It’s called Pixel Tablet. And a new version of its Pixel Watch will go on sale later this year. Selling more hardware like these devices could help Google grow its profits beyond its advertising-based business. Alphabet’s global market share in smartphones is low at less than 1%, tech researcher IDC estimates. Currently, legal issues related to Google’s dominance in mobile phone software and other areas threaten to limit the company’s ability to move forward with new products.

Google also introduced new software features to make shopping easier. One allows users to take videos of items in a store and then ask the search app to identify those from black-owned businesses. Another accepts a photo of a product and shows nearby stores where it’s available. Also later this year, Google Maps will start showing a new view for some major cities that mixes its Street View and aerial imagery. The feature is designed “to create a rich digital model of the world”,

Source: This news was originally published by learningenglish


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