A pair of glasses, embedded microphones and text-projecting lenses (in appropriate speech balloons) all make for a swanky new concept that will put many deaf people at ease.
Designed by one Mads Hindhede from Denmark, the Babel Fisk/Fish is intended for the hearing impaired and the lazy-at-lectures. Not only does it spell out what’s being sent along your line of sight, but a built-in flash memory could replay the verbal action for our viewing pleasure.
Not to mention how comics-like the world becomes as seen through these lenses. If you see a guy socked in the face, will there be a resulting “Kapow!” in your text lens?
Of course, we have no idea how the necessary hardware will be compressed into its frame and as 99% of concepts go, Mr. Hindhede’s work may never have the benefit of production.
Still, contemplating its everyday use is fun. Imagine if you can use this thing to literally read the lips of everyone around you. Oh, the things you’ll learn! That would make it so very practical in the corporate setting as well.
Come to think of it, Mads Hindhede may be on to something big here.