AWE announces partnership with XRAI to provide AI-assisted live captioning at its XR event

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May 21, 2024 – Augmented World Expo (AWE), a provider of global spatial computing and XR events, has announced a partnership with XRAI Glass to caption and transcribe all nine stages at the 15th anniversary AWE USA 2024 event next month.

XRAI’s app combines the latest in extended reality and artificial intelligence technologies to provide real-time subtitles and translation, as well as empower users with an AI assistant. The solution also works seamlessly with the next generation of AR smart glasses, according to the company. 

AWE stated that by partnering with XRAI, it will help to make its entire conference content more accessible to everyone for the first time. The augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology conference will utilize the XRAI platform to provide AI-powered subtitles in over 75+ languages, for all nine conference stages at the event, which takes place from June 18-20 in Long Beach, California. 

Using the flagship XRAI Glass app on their mobile phones (iOS and Android), or using a pair of compatible smart glasses, AWE guests will be able to read an AI-transcribed feed from the stage and translate it into one of the 75+ available languages, all in real-time. Online viewers of the Main Stage sessions at AWE will also be able to use these AI transcriptions and translations via the conference’s YouTube channel.  

Additionally, AWE stated that a pilot group of deaf attendees will have the opportunity to engage with conference content using state-of-the-art XR glasses, allowing them to experience dynamic captioning through cutting-edge spatial technology. This offering will be accessible at both the XRAI and Qualcomm exhibition areas.

“The partnership between XRAI and AWE marks a significant step towards inclusivity in the XR industry, and we are incredibly excited to bring our AI-powered translation capabilities to the forefront of this groundbreaking event,” said Dan Scarfe, Founder and CEO of XRAI. “By utilizing XR glasses for immersive captioning, we are not only breaking down communication barriers but also showcasing the transformative potential of AR and AI technologies in creating a more accessible and engaging conference experience.” 

Commenting on the partnership, AWE’s Head of Programming, Sonya Haskins, said: “Partnering with XRAI for AWE USA 2024 is a significant milestone in our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility in the XR industry. By utilizing cutting-edge AI and AR technology, we are able to break down communication barriers and ensure that all attendees can fully engage with our conference content, regardless of language or hearing abilities. We are thrilled to offer this transformative experience to our global audience and showcase the true potential of AR and AI technologies in creating a more inclusive and engaging event.” 

AWE noted that globally, over 1.5 billion people, nearly 20% of the population, live with some degree of hearing loss, with 430 million individuals facing significant challenges. As the leading global event for the XR industry, and with a mission to advance AR and VR technology to further human progress, AWE stated that it is dedicated to showcasing the real-world value that technologies like AI and AR glasses bring to its in-person event experience.

To learn more about XRAI and its real-time subtitles and translation solutions, click here. To find out more about AWE and its AR and VR industry events, click here. For AWE USA 2024, Auganix readers get 30% off the cost of AWE tickets when they use the code “24AUGANIXD” at checkout.

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