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Eyes to Hear With: Easy to Manufacture CC Glasses

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“Mommy, I can’t hear Grandpa!” That was the first difficulty my hearing loss presented. I struggled to hear my grandfather -- he was dying of complications of Parkinson’s Disease -- through the cell phone pressed against my ear in the noisy atmosphere of my mother’s bathroom.

Books and writing helped me escape to a world where my hearing loss didn’t matter. On the day before winter break, a teacher of mine showed The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a movie based on a book I’d read, and my excitement to see the novel come to life on the silver screen was thoroughly tamed when I could barely hear the movie; heavy accents, battle scenes, and soft dialogue had transformed the book I loved into a senseless blur of noise.

Enough was enough. Through my writing, I learned to be a thinker, considering others, and realized that I wasn’t the only one who struggled with understanding a movie; a movie’s muffled sound also affects the perception of children with auditory processing disorders and children with autism. The idea came to me while watching a 3D movie with my family; when the screen flashed blue and read PUT YOUR 3D GLASSES ON, I began to think about the concept of closed captioning, or the system in which the dialogue of a movie is displayed at the bottom of the screen. I wondered if the closed captioning of a movie could be projected onto the screen through a set of glasses -- similar in design to 3D glasses. There would be a signal at the beginning of the movie, much like PUT YOUR 3D GLASSES ON, to let a viewer know when to turn on the glasses, and the glasses themselves would have a button on the side to turn on and turn off closed captioning at the viewer’s convenience.

As my idea became concrete, I started to envision the world books and writing brought me to, the one I’d come to love, colliding with the world of social acceptance, the world I’d always wanted. I know I can bring those world to life, and I know that in those world, no one, despite any disabilities, will be held back or isolated again.

I am dedicated to supplementing the ideal movie experience with the added benefits of closed captioning so no one -- whether they have a hearing loss, a processing disorder, or any kind of disadvantage -- ever has to feel left out of a movie experience again.

GrabCAD is in full support of Alex's efforts and is doing this Challenge pro bono. This is a unique Challenge as there is no paid sponsor and there are no monetary prizes. We hope the GrabCAD Community offers the same support with quality designs, thoughtful comments and guidance. Thank you to all our judges for volunteering their time! We have also created a panel of Community Advisors - contact sara@grabcad.com if you're interested.

The process for the Challenge...
Preparation (April 2-7): Read the comments. Clarify the requirements & specs with the Challenge judges.
Round One (April 8-23): Create your work and cover all requirements! Judges select a round of finalists.
Round Two (April 23-30): Based on direct feedback, finalists work through quick iterations.
Results (May 15): Finalists are now listed in the order they placed. A winner is announced.
Post-Challenge development (May 16-Prototype): We will document the process of creating a prototype-ready version of the glasses on our blog for the Community to see!

Requirements

  • What do you need? -- Glasses that project text on lenses during a movie or presentation. The text should correlate with what is being said on the screen. The glasses containing a button on the side to start and stop the projections.

  • Why do you need it? -- I'm fourteen years old and deaf in my left ear. My need for these glasses is shared by other members of the hard-of-hearing community and by non hearing-impaired citizens with functioning disabilities.

  • What matters? -- Quality of concept. Ease and cost to manufacture, so many places could take advantage of the product.

  • Detail level -- Undetailed outline of feasible product.

    File types required -- STEP and rendering.

    Other formats are a plus -- Native CAD, 2D, STL.

    Multiple entries accepted -- Yes.

    Entry type -- Public entries only.

    Contact challenges@grabcad.com for support.

  • Please avoid, if possible, having the dual-mounted projectors on the glasses, which will make them significantly less expensive.

  • Be aware of existing solutions (share more in the comments if you find them) and create something that differentiates itself from other high-end tech or enterprise-focused solutions. Make something for the consumer that is easy to use and build.

    Sony Glasses:
    http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/mkt-digitalcinema/resource.latest.bbsccms-assets-mkt-digicinema-latest-EntertainmentAccessGlasses.shtml?dcpromo
    Google Glass:
    https://plus.google.com/+projectglass/posts

  • Tag your model with “CCglasses”. Only entries with valid tag will participate!

Rules

  • The Challenge is open to everyone. You can submit several entries. Team entries are welcome. In case of team win, prize will be transferred to team leader who is solely responsible for splitting it among team members.

  • All entries must be submitted publicly and become the intellectual property (IP) of the Challenge sponsor. This is a pro bono Challenge.

  • Only entries uploaded to GrabCAD through the "submit entry" button on this Challenge page will be considered an entry.

  • By entering this competition, you 1. Warrant that the work is your original work. 2. To the best of your knowledge, it is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited. 3. Neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trade mark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.

  • Applicants are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs. The applicant’s participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.

  • Winning designs will be chosen based on the rules and requirements. This Challenge starts on April 2, 2013 and ends on April 30, 2013 (11:59pm UTC). Winners will be announced by May 15, 2013.

  • No cash prizes will be awarded. This is a pro-bono, volunteer effort by all parties. Void where prohibited.

Prizes

Challenge Winner

GrabCAD badge, engineer spotlight on our blog, and swag! We are doing this Challenge to help those with disabilities, not for money.

Challenge Honorable Mentions

Swag, badge, and a mention on our blog!

About the jury?

GrabCAD, CADjunkie, Upverter, and our Community Advisors will be helping Alex pick the winners of this Challenge. Contact sara@grabcad.com if you would like to be a Community Advisor for a future pro-bono Challenge. Please note: Community Advisors are not be elligible for any Challenges where they are on the jury.

About Alex Kukoff

The summer before kindergarten, I was diagnosed with a deaf ear at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles. They discovered the absence of two of the three bones in my left ear necessary for hearing, and I was not given a hearing aid because the bones were not there to hear with -- a hearing aid can only work to join the broken connection between the brain and the ear, and I didn’t have the bones to work with in the first place.

In school, my hearing loss was not taken seriously. My classmates, preoccupied with pop culture and homework, would frequently forget about it, no matter how many times I reminded them. Had my diagnosis not been apart of my student record, my teachers never would have believed I was deaf in one ear: I had no hearing aid and my pronunciation was crisp and clear. My teachers, not able to understand that an anatomical hearing loss results from the loss of bones, rather than a broken connection between the brain and the ear, believed me to be exaggerating the degree of my disability, and were indifferent to my needs, such as sitting in the front of a room. As a result, I found myself sitting in a middle or back row quite frequently, and if I couldn’t hear something in class because of my position, my classmates would deem me “weird.”

My isolation increased as I grew older -- my hearing loss wasn’t as prevalent when I was little because I wasn’t aware of all the limitations it came with -- and I often found myself eating lunch alone. Through my isolation, I developed a love for books and writing. Last year, I won Seventeen Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest, and separately, some of my writing will be featured in an upcoming ebook anthology through the New York Times Learning Network, Edutopia, and the National Writing Project.

Much like the children in Narnia, I’d discovered a world that I loved, that I’d visited so many times on all those days of lonely lunches, that was now gone. Now I was back to reality, where no matter what, I’d always be alone.

I loved that world too much to let it slip away so easily, and, despite having acquired a couple of friendships over the years, I still yearned for a world where I could participate in a conversation.

87 comments

  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    Interesting problem!
    Do you know where the text to display is going to come from? Is it intended to be coded in to the movie, or more like an autocue showing the book / script and up to the user to scroll through it?

    The biggest issue to overcome is focus. While you are watching a movie, your eyes will be focused at 30' to infinity, whereas the display is likely to be 3/4" away from your eyes - and they cannot focus on both at the same time. Thus the display optics need to focus the image as if it were 30' or more away.

    I have a feeling that things like Google Glasses are going to become very common in the next few years - so it might be better to let them worry about the mass production of the hardware & make this as an app for the Glasses platform?

    I want a pair which will recognise who I'm speaking to - and tell me! I have a terrible memory for faces!

    Simonr has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 214 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Thank for getting us started @Simonr! I would expect the text to come from closed-caption data from DCI-compliant media outputs. Is that what you're thinking @Alexandra.Kukoff?

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1984 comments.
  • Tomas

    Tomas over 1 year ago

    Hey,
    At first glance, it may cause a lot of questions, but how mostly is all easier than it sounds.
    What about focusing? Nowdays we can watch 16:9 widescreen 75-inch display, as seen from 10 feet (3m) http://www.vuzix.com/consumer/products_wrap_1200.html so, the text focus on lenses should not be a problem. For closed captioning, this glasses concept must be with receiver (built-in, I think) for data, surely, other equipment must be with transmitter or access to the internet.
    What about speech recognition? For this, we have examples - digital translators, apps - IRIS or SIRI and many other.

    Tomas has uploaded 51 CAD models & has left 930 comments.
  • Zoltan

    Zoltan over 1 year ago

    Welcome all,

    I have on more than 15 years of development experience.
    However, this challenge seems to me that quite a lot of space and are deeply touched.
    Including microelectronics, optics, ophthalmologists, and only at the very end of the design.
    We note: that I do not think it is "mission impossible" :-)
    My question is to answer. If the primary purpose of suitable for series production model.
    Indeed, in this case, the inside of the glasses to be designed first, and the resulting size enter the external equipment necessary for the design parameters.
    So I feel that a small group of work will be required, and a longer development time.
    I'm on the team, but will indicate only that work, and family besides can I do it.
    I'm waiting for others to join the team.
    Have nice day's

    .

    Zoltan has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 71 comments.
  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    This I hope is the start of some very Interesting challenges that will hopefully help others out without the need of any prizes. I really hope these challenges take of in a big way so the community can help more people with there engineering and design skills. This is a true challenge and I know that this community can make this a success.

    There is a lot of research to be done here to take this product to production......

    We can all help each other here with what recourses and research we find on the Internet and share them with each other on this page to help out our fellow engineer/designer with this challenge before we start to model our concepts.

    :P

    William has uploaded 113 CAD models & has left 7981 comments.
  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    Sara I know we as engineers and designer should try to keep the cost down and I know it is also a PRO BONO but is there a price limit on this production that we might need to apply to our cost of materials and also thinking about production costs its self? Are these glasses a one off product or will GrabCAD be able to help many more people with these glasses as a PRO BONO?

    :P

    William has uploaded 113 CAD models & has left 7981 comments.
  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    all grabcad contests should be probono, because the community has less than zero to offer in terms of engineering capability or even sensible discussion. clients should continue to sponsor contests on grabcad to promote their product or cause, but not have any expectations of generating useful end product.

    teigan has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 179 comments.
  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    closed captions are consistently very poorly written. they overemphasize subtle elements like ambient sound effects, and end up detracting from the intended mood. it is usually better to watch a movie without sound, than be subjected to captions written by persons with no artistic sensibilities.

    teigan has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 179 comments.
  • Clair Brenneman

    Clair Brenneman over 1 year ago

    Hello everyone. When I read this challenge I could not understand what was needed. I think the reason is that I live in Sweden. I would estimate that about 80-90% of everything we watch is subtitle texted. The reason for this is that my hearing is not so great and my wife doesn’t follow along in English very well. Having the text just makes it easier. So my thought was “Why would you need glasses for projecting text that is you can already see at the bottom of the picture” both on the television and at the theater? I gave this some thought and came up with that this dilemma must come from a place where closed captioning is not normal. Perhaps from one of the larger English speaking countries. Why is not normal then? My guess is because the majority of people hear fine and find text on the screen annoying. So I propose a new way to look at the solution. What if the text was always on the screen but was coded in some way that you could only see it by wearing decoding glasses? Perhaps through frequency or color filtering or polarization? I am not very smart or much of an inventor and this is certainly not an area I’m familiar with so I apologize if I am way off base here. I just feel that it would be easier and cheaper to create glasses that filtered in text instead of projecting it. This would help make it more affordable to the large number of hearing impaired.

    Clair Brenneman has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Tommy Mueller

    Tommy Mueller over 1 year ago

    Hi Clair, I believe you made yourself very clear. Also in my opinion, you have unlocked some ‘magic’ to make this need to aid the hearing impaired a cost-effective reality.

    I firmly believe your “Decoder Glasses” idea should have further discussion, possibly someone in the engineering field related to this type of technology. Completely a great idea, IMO.

    Judges: What field of engineering would this be classified as?
    Media Coding/Polarization/?
    We can help research if the simple solution presents itself.

    Tommy Mueller has uploaded 151 CAD models & has left 2101 comments.
  • Tomas

    Tomas over 1 year ago

    In this project, no need to classified. Just only need any help or advice from any engineering field.

    Tomas has uploaded 51 CAD models & has left 930 comments.
  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    any decoder type hidden content in the image would degrade picture quality and is unacceptable. why should everyone at the theatre be forced to accomodate the few (somtimes not even present)?

    teigan has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 179 comments.
  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    @teigan - on the bright side, it will give you something new to beef about!

    Simonr has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 214 comments.
  • Zoltan

    Zoltan over 1 year ago

    Welcome Everybody,

    Reading the comments so far.
    I concluded that it became necessary to establish a project management.
    In addition, an investment plan.
    In their absence, we're just playing with the idea, but it will not be viable in the end product.
    Furthermore, the question arises as to the rules of what the GrabCad community is not used for any other idea, patented.
    Who protect the developed new technology of the GrabCad the community ?
    I don't know, that Sony or Google the product must have open access to any parts.
    However, the community GrabCad just made ​​a great product develop, without adequate protection.
    Think about that this product can not only facilitate the entertainment, but also in daily life.
    Example: as built-in voice recognition system for conversational speech or even the sound of ringing up or the radio show can be heard things prints the display.
    And this is just a small part of me that jumped out.
    So Dear Alex, it's time to seriously take up the leading role, and market research, to manufacturing, to finance, keep all thing your hands.

    Zoltan has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 71 comments.
  • Zoltan

    Zoltan over 1 year ago

    postscript:

    I believe it is the community that is able to work wonders!

    Zoltan has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 71 comments.
  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    I believe
    Zoltan has made a very good point with what he has said. This need to be organized so that as a community we can make this project work and hopefully get to a solution that will produce a working product.

    William has uploaded 113 CAD models & has left 7981 comments.
  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    What about using KickStarter to fund the development?
    I'm a fan of Open Source Hardware projects (as well as software) and have been involved in a few.
    I like Zoltan's suggestion of making it usable with speech/sound recognition for everyday use.
    Since both Sony and Google have developed the hardware already - is it worth re-inventing the wheel (so to speak)? This strikes me as a candidate for a SmartPhone App / AddOn, using existing display hardware and leveraging Google / Siri / Wolfram for the speech recognition / cognition.
    Indeed, Google are (were) inviting people to come up with potential applications for their glasses.
    This might be useful:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed_captioninv

    Simonr has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 214 comments.
  • Daniel Flores

    Daniel Flores over 1 year ago

    first thought....forget re-inventing the wheel...
    these 'glasses' could be small OLED screens or LCD without the backing....and make it as an accessory to smart phones, so you can use the existing, and developing apps that translate speech to text...so the glasses could also be used for everyday conversations...your smartphone picks up the audio from it's built in mic and translates to words...using frequency tuning to filter out background noise.

    Daniel Flores has uploaded 71 CAD models & has left 139 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    I'm so glad to see so many ideas and people excited about this project!
    .....
    The idea with this Challenge is to generate ideas, so keep them coming.
    .....
    Feel free to create teams if you all rally around one idea. Keep in mind we only require a concept model and rendering at this point and time - MFG, funding, etc will be settled once the Challenge is complete. If you can dream up a way to make this solution simpler in a way that helps more people, then please create a submission! Thanks to all!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1984 comments.
  • Tomas

    Tomas over 1 year ago

    May can be additional of Daniel Flores, if glasses could connect with the smartphone (i.e. via wifi), then glasses could use the special apps of smartphone. The phone could serve as a base of all electronic elements, modules and etc.
    In this situation, glasses would not be loaded of electronic components, they would be simpler.

    Tomas has uploaded 51 CAD models & has left 930 comments.
  • joost van tricht

    joost van tricht over 1 year ago

    Hi,

    Great idea to help people with disabilities as a community!
    I want to help, but I have not that much experience, I'm 17 years old.
    My question is: If we want to kickstart this project, what kind of rewards we want to give to those who fund us?

    joost van tricht has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    Great comment about the mobile
    Daniel that will take away a lot of design research as the to tech and let us concentrate more on the actual glasses them self's......

    William has uploaded 113 CAD models & has left 7981 comments.
  • MECA

    MECA over 1 year ago

    It's exciting seeing all this great ideas and so many people getting involved! There are so many possibilities and different approaches that there's no limit on what we can do.

    Looking at the concept of this challenge though, I don't think we are reinventing the wheel here, we see so many things evolve and being improved again and again, making them cheaper, more efficient, more sustainable, that it makes me think there is no such thing.

    In my opinion, we can take advantage of the technology that is available right now and make it better, squeeze the resources we have and put them together in a simple, clever and innovative way, ending up with a product that is not only effective on its purpose, but affordable for the people that really need it. This of course requires creative minds and some technical knowledge, but what a better place for that than the GrabCad community.

    With this I don't mean to stop different ideas or solutions from being posted, keep the good ideas coming!!

    Great stuff!!

    Cheers

    MECA has uploaded 64 CAD models & has left 264 comments.
  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    closed captioning won't be available yet on a first run movie. so wait a few weeks and watch it as a dedicated hearing impaired home version. that way you have complete control of the viewing/listening environment. if you don't like wattching alone, then invite people over. if they've already seen it, then guilt trip them into seeing it again, by pointing out you have a disability.

    teigan has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 179 comments.
  • Олег Ефименко

    Олег Ефименко over 1 year ago

    Hi every one! it is possible to make a laser projector with text (subtitles) on the screen or wall in invisible part of the light spectrum (for example infrared). and only people with glasses or camera will see it.
    Example in youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsh1gKxFfAI

    With Projection on the screen it will be no problem with eye focusing.
    Example of laser projector https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql2kZUSGOGw

    But i think it will be better to create device for people with bad hearing on the base of smartphone. Witch can not only translate sound and speech in text and show it glasses, but help in other situations in every day life.

    Олег Ефименко has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • levsha128

    levsha128 over 1 year ago

    Important aspect of this device is battery - minimum time of non stop working is about 8 h. I think is a good idea to use external accumulator(that can be hided in pants pocket).

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  • Tibor Farkas

    Tibor Farkas over 1 year ago

    Hi Everyone,
    Luckily this is not a new-born idea. My experience in this theme was when I tried to make a "HUD" (Head Up Display) using my bike's board computer. It only contained the LCD with the computer, my sunglasses, a clear plexy plate and a plastic holder. Unfortunatelly the LCD got no backlight, so the visibility was not quite good. Now I'm working on the version, which got the caracter LCD with red backlight.
    So If you want the cheapest version of this model, then you need nothing else than the LCD, your phone or tablet, common data cable and an app which can read the txt or srt files and use the micro data port. No additional power supply is needed, the biggest work is to create the app.
    Focus is not a problem, because u can adjust the plexy and the distance of the LCD, so it would be look like the words are floating meters away from you.
    Further improvements can use this base, because the app only needs to read the other usable (and free :D ) apps (speech recognition, ebook readers, phone calls, etc.) output datas and send it to the LCD.
    The plastic holder stuff is good, because this way you can place this to any kind of glasses, sunglasses, etc. So the cost of the base item is spared and everyone can use their favourite glassesv

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  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    This sounds really Interesting
    Tibor and @ an affordable price :P

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  • bj

    bj over 1 year ago

    Lets be realistic about this, its very unlikely to come up with glasses that are going to be cheaper than the stuff Google is working on, and surely there are a lot of big companies who are copying google glasses as we speak. My guess; in a few years there might be a number of glasses to choose from which should be able to do the job.
    Untill then I would look for an app which displays subtitles on your ipad or smartphone fullscreen, based on subtitles provided by the theatre you're in. For example, take your ipad with you into the theatre. When the movie starts, you'd scan some QR-code which flashes on the big-screen after which an app starts which shows the movies subtitles fullscreen on the ipad which you keep in front of you with some support or on your lap.
    Otherwise just wait for the movie to come out on blueray and watch it at home with subtitles..

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  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    @Sara, Is the purpose of this challenge to design the hardware for the glasses, the infrastructure to transmit the data, the software or the whole thing?
    As many people have commented, the hardware already exists - and what remains is more a software problem - a little removed from a 'CAD' challenge.
    It's clearly intended to be low cost - can you give an indication of the target cost for each of the components?

    Simonr has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 214 comments.
  • Alexander Papadopoulos

    Alexander Papadopoulos over 1 year ago

    I'm not sure if voice recognition applications can help us.
    recognizing one voice is no problem. but sound variety in movies is complicated I think there is no technology developed yet for that. i remember youtube-google tried to create some public apps but nothing finished to be as good product. I'm sure they are working on it. If you know software or app that can do that can you post a link. (i don't think there is freeware available that can do it).

    I believe Clair Brennemav idea is the more reasonable one.
    If that also not possible maybe wifi access that will download .txt with subtitles.
    but then again there is issue with synch.
    maybe one screen before movie that will synch the sub with the movie + button that will add/remove time momentum to the text- something that will help user to manually adjust subs if the screen wont help.
    And the last problem is how to project these subs to the glasses screen.

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  • Ariel

    Ariel over 1 year ago

    nice Adam is here..im a fan of his site...and i learned some tricks from him...!!! Thanks Adam Ohern

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  • Sergey K

    Sergey K over 1 year ago

    voice recognition might help: look for the last demo from Microsoft on translation. Its amazing!
    Can pickup accents and translate to nature language, not anything you`ve seen before.
    So technology exist already.
    as of price, and prices of glasses as well:
    Yes, thats expensive now in manufacture and price of duch a device will be, most likely, pair with the current Google glasses.
    But technology became cheaper and cheaper every day - look at Android devices and cell phones. those glasses, once mass produce, will come in all varieties and price tags and will be affordable very soon.
    Also: project like that, if caugh attention and support of any giants like Google, Microsoft, et. can be subsidize and funded by them.
    If device helps deaf people it will be eventually covered by Insurance Companies and/or government and maybe even distributed by subscription from the doctors one day.
    Thats a good challenge and thats the one to proud of being part of.

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  • Sergey K

    Sergey K over 1 year ago

    Now to some technical point:
    It has to be a wider than a movie theater glasses.
    Movie theater is easy - all movies has subtitles (or will by the time it released on DVD, maybe even has from the beginning).
    So, broadcast them in the theater (bluetooth, Wi-Fi) to a specific personal device (glasses, iPad, iPhone, etc.) is not a problem.
    The whole system can be done in a few days, actually, and you might just suggest it to MPAA to enforce over movie theaters to implement.
    And its very cheap for theaters, assuming you have your own device and they just provide subtitles streaming. Those investments are very profitable for them because they now can sell tickets to the people who would not go to the theater without such system.
    Wider solution: if glasses (or certain wearable device) can read lips or use voice recognition in real life all around then its a lot better universal solution.
    I would bet for the voice recognition:
    look for the following to see how adwance it is now already: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2230521/The-astonishing-video-shows-Microsoft-plans-instant-translation--voice.html

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  • Alexander Papadopoulos

    Alexander Papadopoulos over 1 year ago

    Sergey the link that you provided is what i was saying before. there are software that capable to recognize voice (self learning programs for better and faster response etc.). i knew that. but think of a movie that someone wants to see. i don't know software that capable to translate movies. it means fast speaking, crowd speaking, screams/laughs and all that in realtime because if you don't have realtime you will have problem.

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    I will check with @Alex.Kukoff and give you some final guidance before we start accepting entries on Monday. Thanks for the great discussion so far! It really has us thinking differently about the project and we look forward to what you all put together!

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  • Tibor

    Tibor over 1 year ago

    "Eyes to Hear With" Project >> To help with development

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  • Randy G

    Randy G over 1 year ago

    Admittedly, I haven't read all the comments.Thus, please forgive any repetitiveness. My understanding of the req's indicates "movies or presentations", which is inclusive of all lighting conditions. This being the case; might I suggest..

    The glasses contain an auto-focus feature similar to digital cameras allowing the glasses to aim or pinpoint the audible source for focus and translation. Not unlike the mic's at a football game. Which in turn suggests the focusing distance of the "projector", and that any projected text be invisible to the naked eye. Perhaps using an ultraviolet light source discernable only by the wearer of the glasses.

    Likely a bit more feasible than embedded coding in movies and the like. Especially when presenters or orators deviate from what might be scripted.

    Keep the platform universal. Allow it to utilize any smartphone or device like an iPod Touch as its external powersource and processor. Thus, avoiding proprietory software and equipment.

    Rather than designing a pair of glasses, design an accessory that attaches to the glasses (perhaps the wearer requires a prescription) at the temple and any filter can be applied or clipped on. Just my thoughts. Thanks!

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  • Pavlo Ivashko

    Pavlo Ivashko over 1 year ago

    Probably you can use google glass as starting point and write the needed software. If you are talking about movies than it should use subtitles stored on many dvds (I'm not sure but I think that many movies have this stuff stored) and for real time speech recognition some libraries can be handy, like CMU sphinx speech recognition library (it is free and open source). Maybe you should contact google with such a proposal? I think it is great application for they new product

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  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    what idiotic discussion you are all having. those google glasses and similar ones have a price tag of over $5000. you'd be better off saving up to buy a cochlear implant, thus eliminating any need for closed captions. in civilised countries, the medical procedure to restore hearing is fully covered under health insurance.

    so all this grandstanding you are doing here is not really to help people, but to shamelessly promote yourselves using the plight of the handicapped as a social climbing platform.

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  • Tomas

    Tomas over 1 year ago

    Thank you teigan for your opinion, but is our discussion idiotic or not, leave it to decide the majority of this community.

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  • Fred Key

    Fred Key over 1 year ago

    This is an outstanding project. Glad to see it started. Teigan brings up a most important component -cost. The viability of an idea can easily be killed when one component is singled out as to why the project cannot be developed. What makes this project even more important is the potential of an extention of the technology for a solution for folks who are Deaf-Blind. Years ago, I created an initial design strategy for Deaf-Blind Braille interface with TV captioning. It was costly. It was a prototype project without current technology advancements. Time to rethink!

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  • Mark A

    Mark A over 1 year ago

    Hi All
    The Question is do we need to limit this project to Glasses?
    The issue with glasses is that those that have glasses won’t be able to see a thing..... (well without a lot of hassle) and the cost of the end product....
    I do love the idea of going into a cinema and being able to put on glasses to see the text but I was wondering if there is a more practical (and less fiddly way) to achieve the same basic outcome?
    Great challenge and good luck to all on designing a great product for a very worthy cause!
    Enjoy

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  • Stefan Uschy

    Stefan Uschy over 1 year ago

    - My idea is a little bit different. When i read the grabcad challenge i had a spark, u know a 3d movie works by rapidly fliking one aye and the other seeing a one image, one eye (left) a frame and the next frame with the other eye (right), using a standard 3d glasses and any 3d TV but with a software installed on a desktop laptop etc. that can make the movie always to be seen on the left eye and the subtitle on the right or 5frames the movie and the 6'th to be the subtitle decreasing the capacity of others without a 3d glasses to see the subtitle

    - Or using 3d gaming mode the 3d tv shows two different images "at the same time"
    yours and of the opponent u need two 3d gaming glasses ( closing when the opponent image is shown) same thing but in this case other peoples need 3d glasses to block the subtitle

    advantages
    anyone "normal" can watch the same move without 3d glasses watching a "almost" normal movie
    no need of other things to buy other 3d glasses etc
    no need to create a special glasses
    only a software that can be installed

    all of that mean NO EXTRA COSTS for anyone with that kind of disabilities just a freeware software

    what do u say?

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  • Mark LeBeau

    Mark LeBeau over 1 year ago

    Finally I've had a chance to read all the comments and all very informative. I believe we could be a little ahead of ourselves in trying to develop a model of glasses. I propose we start with concepts and we can have a few winners for each stage.I really like the ideas of projecting a laser on the screen and the idea of inserting the CC in the movie for simple 3d type filter glasses to see. I also see this extending to different languages imbedded in the movie. Maybe one can potentially select a language. I lived in France for a couple of years and I could not follow French well enough to see French movies and I could't follow any forigen movies.

    So as a concept. It's a device that is checked out at movie theaters like 3d glasses Or it could be special seats with a screen in front of them. Or at this point the sky is the limit. Let's start with more concepts. I see a problem worth solving in movie theaters for the hearing/language impaired.

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Yes, like @Mark.LeBeau says - focus on concepts but include an outline model of your idea and a sketch-like rendering (no need to be life-like).

    I am intrigued by the ideas focused on connectors/glasses that take advantage of free software. We can always involve a software engineer in the next phase, post-challenge so write an awesome description to accompany your concept!

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    @William The simplicity of the design is more important than price at this point as no one needs to get into the materials used etc. Just brainstorm concepts!

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  • Stefan Uschy

    Stefan Uschy over 1 year ago

    @teigan i thought that is the problem too... that's why i thought the other way to use the gaming mode other users to use 3d gaming glasses blocking the subtitle and the person who does not hear to see the subtitle ? what problems do u think will be now ?

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  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    you still don't get it. what i am pointing out is that hidden content in an image degrades the image. so your blocked subtitle will be an annoying twitching blur to those not wearing your glasses. maybe you don't notice such things, but the average person doesn't like a blurry picture.

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  • Mark LeBeau

    Mark LeBeau over 1 year ago

    There's an article on core77 about how google glass works. http://www.core77.com/blog/ux/martin_missfeldt_graphic_on_how_google_glass_works_24710.asp

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  • IceFyre13th

    IceFyre13th over 1 year ago

    Would you believe thet this has been created already, in 1982 no less, http://www.wearcam.org/computing.html/HUD-paper/HUD.htmv

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  • Tommy Mueller

    Tommy Mueller over 1 year ago

    The link was bad, here's the revision http://www.wearcam.org/computing.html/HUD-paper/HUD.html

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  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    HUD of any type creates a major glare on the whole screen. i was going to buy an HUD gauge display for my motorcycle helmet until i tried one, and noticed how much visibility was impaired. i certainly wouldn't want to watch a movie like that.

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  • Brian Uptain

    Brian Uptain over 1 year ago

    I could see a derivative of the google glasses being used for this. The glasses could have 2 modes. Mode 1, would be a blue tooth receiver that would receive signals from CC transmitters at the theatre. But this would require a massive over haul of the theatres in some cases. Mode 2 would be speech to text. This could be used in a lot of situations. It would need to have a decible or loudness setting so that in a theatre you could get text from a movie but not the idiot behind you speaking on the phone. And you can adjust back to normal so that you can read close conversations but not far away yells. Can this be done sure, but I lack the engineering and programming know how. This would work well as a kickstarter prototype as well.

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  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    if you've ever watched closed captioning, it often needs to show the dialogue of two people speaking at the same time. or it may be a description of a sound such as "loud fart".

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  • Arthur Loginow

    Arthur Loginow over 1 year ago

    I had such a nice 3D CAD concept and for some reason SolidWorks crashed and I have nothing now.. I will try to create the model again...

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  • AIT OUFKIR YASSINE

    AIT OUFKIR YASSINE over 1 year ago

    can you give more days please, so that we can see more entries, and to complete also mine,
    Thanks,

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  • Tommy Mueller

    Tommy Mueller over 1 year ago

    I would like a few more days too, not a week or anything :)
    Just need to finish the thought through.
    Let us know Staff ;)

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Discussing it with jury now - will let you know as soon as possible about any extension @Tommy @AIT and @Arthur!

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  • Fidel Chirtes

    Fidel Chirtes over 1 year ago

    I think an extension would be good. Not just to add some more (better or not, designs but to explain some principles of optics that must be considered. I had a look at the uploaded entries and I noticed that talented engineers are doing their best to give out appeling designs. But... there are also boring physics laws that must be obeyed to make those designs possible and useful.
    The eye crystal has to be treated as a lens, and the eye retina has to be treated as a projection screen. All the images projected on that screen must be formed clear simultaneously, regardless where and how they are generated and how many they are. I would advise the colleague designers to take another look at the recommended commercial products and to ask themselves (or us) why are they made as they are.

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  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    Hey guy's sorry I have not been around much over the past 2 - 3 weeks, really demanding times for me right now but will be back full time again in 3 more weeks. I have been trying to keep up to date with this challenge and what others have been posting. I think that would be a great Idea for extra time to be added to this challenge as after all it is for a great cause and would like to see more peps uploading there models. This way this challenge stands a better change to reach its intended goal.

    :P

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    The deadline is extended through April 26 11:59pm UTC! We hope this helps you finish your submissions!

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  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    you need to extend that deadline for a year, so that the grabcad contestants can retake high school physics.

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  • Anirban Ghosh

    Anirban Ghosh over 1 year ago

    teigan: check this out. if you believe that some more data needs to be given then please message me. CCglasses

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  • Anirban Ghosh

    Anirban Ghosh over 1 year ago

    i have explined the technical details in the comments.

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  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    the best things in life are free, including the laughs available as GRABCAD challenges. model downloads are also free.

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Thank you to everyone for your hard work! We will pick finalists in the next week and work with them to iterate on their designs with some quick feedback. It was amazing to see such great support from the Community!

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Update on the timeline since we extended the cutoff for entries:
    The process for the Challenge...
    Preparation (April 2-7): Read the comments. Clarify the requirements & specs with the Challenge judges.
    Round One (April 8-26): Create your work and cover all requirements! Judges select a round of finalists.
    Round Two (April 27-May 20): Based on direct feedback, finalists work through quick iterations.
    Results (May 31): Finalists are now listed in the order they placed. A winner is announced.
    Post-Challenge development (May 31-Prototype): We will document the process of creating a prototype-ready version of the glasses on our blog for the Community to see!

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  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    Hi Sara, yes the community did pull together but to be honest I am a little bit disappointed that there was not more uploads from the community :(

    In saying all that I still hope this Pro bono is a great success and it can lead to many more like it over time. Sara I have noticed Dick Lowe has now uploaded a model and was late for this challenge Eyes to Hear With: Close Captioned Glasses Rough Out CCglasses it is a great little concept and since this is not a proper challenge from company that is behind it and only the community trying to help out Alexandra. It would be great if Alexandra and the other judges could look over this concept as it might just have what it takes. We are not in it for anything other than to help Alexandra out and I am sure the others would also agree.

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  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    Hi Sara, Judges and Alex. Would it be possible to let the community know round 2 for this challenge should be on it's way by now? Could any of your guys let the community know what model/models were selected for this round to refine and upgraded the concepts? that way it might still give the chance for others on GrabCAD to help out with this challenge as to advice on what could or can be done with there model to help make this challenge a success and to get a final product that will help Alex out and many others (( hopefully )) in the same position as Alex. :P

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    The finalists are now announced! I will give each finalist feedback on behalf of the judges. Feel free to join forces if you would all like to work on a final design as a team - just contact the finalist to offer your help.

    Finalists have until May 20 to incorporate feedback in their new iteration, good luck!

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  • Mark A

    Mark A over 1 year ago

    Well looks like we’ve been beaten to the punch, (using video HUD on glasses)

    <http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/hands-on-recon-jet-sunglasses/>;

    Estimated Selling Price $300-$400

    New Idea: Buy these, take the glass out and build an app to print subtitles on the screen (as it runs off android)

    Note: App will also work on Google glass two birds one stone!

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Heck, we could do a stripped down version of this and make it even more affordable for hearing impaired consumers. Great share @Mark.A! It'd be great to get the app working with more intense pairs, like Google Glass too!

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  • Mark A

    Mark A over 1 year ago

    Bring it on :)

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    We've posted our results from the Challenge! It was a wonderful first experience with pro bono work here on GrabCAD. We will follow-up with a new one in July - we hope to see you all return!

    And, thank you to everyone who left tips, critiques, and helpful information here in the comments! Keep an eye on the blog as we'll follow Alex through her experience of a first prototype and manufacturing run. Very impressed by the efforts of the GrabCAD Community :)

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  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    Awesome, Sara :) looking forward to seeing the winner go in to production for Alex...... Now counting down to July pro bono and sure will be helping out with a model as no more school for 8 weeks

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  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    Just read all the descriptions on what was good and what was bad with the models...... This is really good to know what the judges think and hope to see more challenges like this in the future on GrabCAD so it will help peps out with they way they think when modelling the next time around..... Great comp, great models from everyone that entered and get feed back for all BIG BIG BIG LIKE on this one...

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  • maarten weidema

    maarten weidema over 1 year ago

    missed this challange... was right in my ally :(

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  • Tommy Mueller

    Tommy Mueller over 1 year ago

    To GrabCAD Staff: For those of us who had contributed to this challenge, will we still receive the mentioned "Badge" for our participation. Badges = Happiness :P

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  • William

    William over 1 year ago

    Agree with Tommy GrabCAD badges = A happy community member :P

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    I'm on it! Badges on their way! Thanks for the reminder @Tommy and @William!

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  • Tibor

    Tibor over 1 year ago

    I already received badge, can you please remove one B)

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel about 1 year ago

    Update from Alex who was featured in Hearing Health Magazine -- through the Hearing Health Foundation, one of the biggest research centers to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing -- for her GrabCAD-sourced closed-captioned glasses! Stay tuned for an update on the prototype!

    http://online.qmags.com/HH1013?pg=11&mode=2#pg11&mode2

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