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CES 2024: Glasses for the hard of hearing, the blind, and the first in-ear computer stun tech fair

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Euronews Next tests the latest technology in audio and video presented this week at CES 2024 in Las Vegas.

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From glasses that also help your hearing, to “glasses for the blind” and the world’s first in-ear computer, the audio and visual technology unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) could change lives.

Euronews Next tested the impressive technologies at this year’s tech fair in Las Vegas.

Glasses for the hearing impaired

EssilorLuxottica, a global leader in glasses and lenses and home to numerous eyewear brands such as Ray-Ban, has revealed glasses that can help people with mild to moderate hearing loss.

The glasses, called Nuance Audio, weigh just over 40g and come in two fashionable styles with invisible advanced acoustic technology built into the thick Woody Allen-style frame.

The product launch comes after EssilorLuxottica acquired Israeli start-up Nuance Hearing.

The volume, which you control via glasses, an app or a small remote, can be adjusted for different environments, such as large crowds.

The glasses only take 2.5 hours to charge and can be recharged by placing them on the wireless charging pad.

The key to this hearing technology is that it is hidden in the frames, which means it is more comfortable than wearing a hearing aid and, more importantly, it eliminates the stigma of having a hearing problem.

“I’ve seen many people cry when they tried the glasses because before they were completely disconnected from the world because for years they couldn’t even hear birds, for example,” Stefano Genco, Global Head of Super Audio and Nuance Audio at EssilorLuxottica, told Euronews Next.

“Fifty-year-olds said they felt they had hearing problems but had never looked for a solution because they didn’t want to feel handicapped.”

The glasses won’t be available until later this year in the US and not until 2025 in Europe.

Genco said the company hopes to eventually add features like blood pressure, body temperature and posture sensors to the glasses so they eventually behave more like a smartwatch.

“Glasses for the blind”

Romanian start-up Lumen showed off its technology that could replace guide dogs and walking sticks.

Using sensors, the headset can guide you via trackers that detect if something is blocking your path. A vibration in the earpiece on the right or left side will then guide you to change direction.

This is a more scalable solution for millions of people who are blind or have low vision, Lumen CEO Cornel Amariei told Euronews Next.

“If you look at what solutions exist, you will actually only find two, and that is the white cane and the guide dog. They are both thousands of years old and unfortunately guide dog training costs up to 60,000 euros,” he said.

“But that’s where we come in. We build humane glasses that mimic the key features of a guide dog without the drawbacks.”

The headset uses the same self-driving technology found in cars, but is even more technical as it has six cameras and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to determine whether a surface is safe to walk on or not.

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The headphones will be available later this year.

The world’s first in-ear computer

Dutch start-up Breggz has unveiled its luxurious Hearable, a wireless in-ear computer featuring four speakers per ear, creating a concert-like audio experience.

But it also has a voice-activated personal assistant that lets you read your emails or even call an Uber or use ChatGPT.

You can also choose to answer the phone by shaking your head, and you can skip songs or raise or lower the volume of what you’re listening to.

The in-ear computer is custom sized for a better fit. The product is luxury and costs 1,600 euros.

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“We are more high-end, so it costs more,” Breggz’s co-founder and CEO told Euronews Next.

“You can buy a Seiko watch or a Rolex. That’s kind of the difference between our products.”

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