XRAI Glass Collaborates with Qualcomm at MWC Barcelona

XRAI Glass, whose technology allows deaf people to “see” conversations, announced today their collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. leveraging the Snapdragon Spaces™ XR Developer Platform.

At Mobile World Congress 2023 XRAI Glass and Qualcomm will demonstrate the XRAI Glass app on the Qualcomm Wireless AR smart viewer reference design powered by the Snapdragon AR2 Platform.

XRAI Glass’s app connects with both the Wireless AR Smart Viewer and Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 via a Motorola Edge+ smartphone, enabling those deaf or hard of hearing to read speech in real-time through subtitles projected into the real world. The software’s highly sophisticated voice recognition capabilities can identify who’s speaking and has the power to translate languages, voice tones, accents and pitch.

Snapdragon Spaces, a cross-platform SDK, brings next-level augmented reality solutions to the masses. Qualcomm Technologies has been leading the XR evolution, with over a decade of research and development in platforms, reference designs and most recently developer solutions.

Man wearing augmented reality glasses from Qualcomm

The Snapdragon Spaces developer platform paves the way for immersive AR experiences.

Brian Vogelsang, Senior Director XR Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. said, “We appreciate the opportunity to create real value for the users when working with fellow pioneers in the XR space. XRAI Glass brings unique innovation to the deaf community worldwide by using XR to enhance the quality of their lives.”

Visitors to the Qualcomm Technologies’ booth 3E10 in the Hall 3 at MWC Barcelona will get the opportunity to try  both the Wireless AR Smart Viewer and the ThinkReality A3 with XRAI Glass and:

  • Have instant transcription – even when in noisy environments which is a common challenge with existing devices
  • See the conversations translated into any one of nine languages in real-time – including Spanish and Mandarin
  • Discover how XRAI Glass’s AI virtual assistant – connected to OpenAI’s GPT-3 – enables the user to ask it complex questions

XRAI Glass is already being used in over 70 countries around the world and was founded after CEO Dan Scarfe visited his 96-year-old grandfather at Christmas and noticed his hearing was so bad he struggled to engage in conversations and seemed lonely, despite being surrounded by his family.

Scarfe said: “We have a bold vision to subtitle the whole world and Qualcomm Technologies complements this vision perfectly. Their current generation chips already power XRAI Glass today. With Snapdragon Spaces, we can now support a much wider variety of devices and form factors, including wireless, with one consistent development approach. The future is wireless and I can’t wait to see what we can build together,” Scarfe said.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm is enabling a world where everyone and everything can be intelligently connected. You interact with products and technologies made possible by Qualcomm every day, including 5G-enabled smartphones that double as pro-level cameras and gaming devices, smarter vehicles and cities, and the technology behind the smart, connected factories that manufactured your latest purchase.

Snapdragon and Snapdragon Spaces are trademarks or registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Snapdragon and Snapdragon Spaces are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.


Introducing XRAI® Stream · Broadcast real-time subtitles across multiple devices