CAIRO: Civil Engineer Ahmed Fawzy has developed a prototype “translation glasses” that he hopes could replace simultaneous interpretation at international conferences and meetings.
Fawzy’s project resembles Google glass, which captions conversations in real-time by transcribing text in the requested language.
“My idea is meant to translate into other languages, which will make conversation easier,” he told The Cairo Post.
Through his project, which is fitted with a microphone and two cameras, people from different countries can speak their own language and receive instant translation in voices that they hear from headphones installed in the glass.
Fawzy says that his yet-not-produced glasses coudl benefit different fields including “tourism, trade, scientific research, airports,” as well as they could be worn in front of the television.
Furthermore, Fawzy said he plans to engineer one of the cameras to capturing and translate moves in sign language.
Fawzy graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Alexandria University in 2013, where he gave lectures as a delegate teaching assistant beside his work at construction sites.
When he tried to seek master’s degree in his field, Fawzy was asked to propose an idea that could be applied in Egypt in terms of cost and availability of raw material.
Fawzy’s idea to establish light transmitting concrete made of optical fibers was rejected, “after which I felt depressed and quit lecturing.”
Fawzy says he is “impressed” with the field of technology and communication and has been following up on new inventions. However, he believes the field of scientific research in Egypt is not progressive, saying that when he was registering patent, he found that there are ideas from 2013 were not reviewed.
Over the past eight months, he did a preliminary design for the translation glasses and its parts. Although he has no estimate yet how much the final product would cost, Fawzy said that “it will still be affordable.”
Fawzy’s project is currently in need for programmers who will do the software for speech recognition, which he said “is not new and has been conducted before in several projects.”