Subtitling real life

I’m a sucker for a great hackathon mashup. Always have been. Always will be. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So, this week, I’m throwing it back to one of my favorites from YHack 2014.

Captor mashes up 2014’s hottest tech (Augmented Reality) with Google’s best consumer tool (speech recognition) to create “real life subtitles.”

No, really! Stefan, Fisher, Sashank and Alex’s Android app literally adds closed captions to everything you see / hear. It’s designed to help those with hearing loss live in the moment and experience the world on their terms.

Frankly, I think the AR portion is a bit gimmicky, but the live view / always-on captions are an awesome idea. Similar to WordLens, this could be expanded to include language translation too. What you see is what you hear, #amirite? Here’s a clearer demo (no audio):

Download the source on GitHub.

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2017 Neal Shyam