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Subtitle Sweater

Automatic subtitle generation and display during conversation
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A computer accustomed to your accent may recognize your words from lapel or headset microphone input better than a stranger a meter away.

The computer is built into a backpack that connects to your sweater, which has a flexible black and white display* on the front. After a slight pause, the computer instructs your sweater to subtitle your sentence so that others can verify what they might have missed.

Inside the backpack a control panel has an interface for computer-generated translation and display options.

*I read that these are possible with E-ink, microspheres with charged ink particles that will move to the surface or to the back depending on the state of a small electromagnet behind. These microspheres and electromagnets mount to some flexible material.

Ketchupybread, Apr 27 2009

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       Thesis a one duffle-eyed ear!
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 27 2009
  

       [+] Make it a T-shirt, though - a sweater is a bit much in a noisy nightclub.
moomintroll, Apr 28 2009
  

       <squints through the cloud to read sweater>   

       WHY IS THAT WEIRDO STARING AT MY TITS?
theleopard, Apr 28 2009
  

       Display the subtitles in cyrillic, to give yourself a pirated look.
loonquawl, Apr 28 2009
  

       Yes, some of the proposed forms of electronic paper would do this. I'm rather keen on the system that uses spheres that are half-black, half-white and whose orientation can be controlled.   

       When you're not talking you could set it to display your favourite Twitter feed.
Aristotle, Apr 28 2009
  
      
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