May 30, 2023


Precisely one yr in the past, Google unveiled a pair of augmented actuality (AR) glasses at its I/O developer convention. However in contrast to Google Glass, this new idea, which did not have a reputation on the time (and nonetheless would not), demonstrated the practicality of digital overlays, selling the concept of real-time language translation as you have been conversing with one other individual. 

It wasn’t about taking pictures magic spells or seeing dancing cartoons however reasonably offering accessibility to one thing all of us do day-after-day: speaking.

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The idea had the looks of an everyday pair of glasses, making it clear that you did not have to appear to be a cyborg with a view to reap the advantages of immediately’s expertise. However, once more, it was only a idea, and Google hasn’t actually talked concerning the product since then.

Twelve months have handed and the recognition of AR has now been changed by one other acronym: AI, shifting most of Google and the tech business’s focus extra towards synthetic intelligence and machine studying and additional away from metaverses and, I assume, glasses that assist you to transcribe language in actual time. Google actually stated the phrase “AI” 143 instances throughout yesterday’s I/O occasion, as counted by CNET.

Nevertheless it was additionally throughout the occasion that one thing else caught my eye. No, it wasn’t Sundar Pichai’s declaration that hotdogs are literally tacos however, as an alternative, a characteristic that Google briefly demoed with the brand new Pixel Fold. (The taco of smartphones? Nevermind.)

Dual Screen Interpreter Mode


The corporate calls it Twin Display screen Interpreter Mode, a transcription characteristic that leverages the back and front screens of the foldable and the Tensor G2’s processing energy to concurrently show what’s being spoken by one individual and the way it interprets in one other language. At a look, you are in a position to perceive what another person is saying, even when they do not converse the identical language as you. Sound acquainted?

I am not saying a foldable cellphone is a direct alternative for AR glasses; I nonetheless consider there is a future the place the latter exists and probably replaces all of the gadgets we supply round. However the Twin Display screen Interpreter Mode on the Pixel Fold is the closest callback we have gotten to Google’s year-old idea, and I am excited to check the characteristic when it arrives.

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The Pixel Fold is accessible for pre-order proper now, and Google says it’ll begin transport by subsequent month. However even then, you may have to attend till the autumn earlier than the interpretation characteristic sees an official launch, so keep tuned.

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