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Specs with subtitles

The £400 glasses that can rewind conversati­ons

- By Jim Norton Technology Editor

IT is easily done – not quite catching what was just said in a conversati­on.

Now a new pair of glasses can come to the rescue by rewinding the chat in text in front of your eyes.

The £400 smart spectacles, made by British technology firm Xrai Glass, are designed for people who are hard of hearing, but they can help others too.

Wearers say ‘Hey, Xrai’ for a recap of what was just said with the glasses showing a text summary. The specs can also translate other languages into English.

Comparing the glasses to Amazon’s voiceactiv­ated personal assistant, Xrai said they were like ‘Alexa... but for your eyes’. It predicted they may one day be available as contact lenses.

The glasses, which weigh under three ounces and have darkened lenses, are connected to the user’s smartphone and project images by using tiny Sony TVs.

The experience is said to be the equivalent of watching a 205-inch IMAX cinema screen. Xrai said wearers will be able to see the person in front of them and subtitles of what they are saying in realsubtit­les. time. Different people in a group conversati­on will come up under different colours so the wearer can tell who is talking. Users will have to buy the glasses, but the basic version of the Xrai app is free.

Extra features come in a monthly deal costing up to £49.99.

Xrai said the device will also allow users to ask questions, such as what the weather is like, with the answers instantly appearing as The glasses can help out holidaymak­ers struggling to communicat­e abroad by translatin­g nine languages, including Mandarin and Spanish.

Former Love Island star Tasha Ghouri, 23, who was the first deaf contestant and is an ambassador for Xrai, said she cried tears of joy when she tried the technology.

She added: ‘This is really going to change people’s lives.’

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