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XRAI Glass: Revolutionary New Glasses Allow Deaf and Hard of Hearing People to “See” Conversations

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, XRAI Glass announces the launch of the public preview of its revolutionary technology. XRAI Glass is a pioneering software product whose mission is to enrich the conversation of hundreds of millions of people1 around the world who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Users wearing augmented reality (AR) smart glasses connected to the phone will be able to read real-time speech through closed captioning. The XRAI Glass software converts the audio into a captioned version of the conversation which will then appear on the user’s glasses screen. The software’s sophisticated speech recognition capabilities can identify who is speaking and will soon have the power to translate languages, voice tones, accents and pitch.

XRAI Glass has formed a strategic partnership with ready-to-use AR glasses company nreal. The glasses will be available for purchase by EE network customers online for an initial cost of £10 then £35 per month for 11 months or in EE stores nationwide for non-EE customers for £399.99. There will be no cost for the software during the public preview and the price after the public preview will be based on pilot user feedback.

It is expected to roll out more widely to other major devices and networks in the coming months.

During public preview, the software will initially be available to a group of pilot users using the Google Play Store pre-flight experience. The trial period will last 2 months during which the team will constantly listen and learn from its users, expanding the AI ​​capabilities and intuitive properties of the software to provide the best service. In the future, the software will go beyond the realm of audio to provide a multimodal transcription experience.

The addressable market for this software is vast. 12 million adults in the UK are affected by hearing loss above 25 dbHL (decibel Hearing Level)2 . This number is expected to increase to 14.2 million adults by 2035.3. At the same time, there has been a 40% increase in smart wearables in the past year alone4. Of this total, 31.5% of the wearables market is controlled by hearing aids5.

XRAI Glass also has ambitions to reach other markets where the software could prove useful. Sectors include hospitality, law enforcement and education.

Commenting on the launch, Dan Scarfe, CEO of XRAI Glass, said, “Today is a momentous day for our team. We are very proud of the ability of this innovative technology to enrich the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people, so they can maximize their potential. Whether that means being able to have a conversation while continuing to cook dinner or carry on a conversation while walking with a friend.

“The scale of the opportunity is enormous, and we want to thank our partners and advocates for their unwavering faith in the potential of XRAI Glass.”

Mark Atkinson, CEO of RNID, said: “This is a great example of the positive difference innovative technology can make to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. At RNID, we are excited about the potential of technology to transform the lives of our communities.

“The XRAI Glass is intuitive and simple to use and could be a powerful tool to ensure people with hearing loss don’t feel left out in social settings. We support and applaud this endeavor and are eager to play our part in connecting innovators with our diverse communities.

Steve Crump, Founder and President of DeafKidz International, said, “As a profoundly deaf person, I was blown away by this technology. When I tried the glasses, I was amazed – real-time captions that let you engage and participate like never before. I see XRAI Glass as a hugely positive force, and I look forward to working with the team to help bring that to life.

Peng Jin, co-founder of Nreal, said, “We are excited to see Nreal Air put to work in an inventive use case with user benefits. Our company was founded to bring ready-to-use augmented reality experiences to everyone, everywhere. We are therefore delighted that XRAI Glass is using Nreal AR glasses to empower deaf people in their daily lives.

The link to register for the public preview is: https://xrai.glass/

1World Health Organization, 2021 Deafness and hearing loss (who.int)

2 RNID, 2021

3 RNID, 2021

4 MobileMarketingmagazine

5 Statistical