TODAY   |  October 01, 2013

Form over function: Funky glasses break language barriers

Tech designers in Japan have invented a set of eyeglasses that can translate foreign languages on the spot. The TODAY anchors joke about the aesthetics of the prototype, which the creators hope to launch just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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>> few minutes. these glasses in japan, you put them on and they translate what you're reading from the foreign language you don't understand. they want to have them ready for the tokyo 2020 games but who is going to walk around with that device with a cord hanging out?

>> don't they have it at the restaurant?

>> why don't they just translate the menus?

>> because the world doesn't resolve around americans. that's why.

>> they're expecting a lot of people to come for the olympics.

>> i'd rather look silly but be on it language-wise.

>> waiting for the day.

>> there will be an app for that.

>> of course.

>> yes and by 2020 you take any menu and translate simultaneous.