Glasses That Translate
Kyle Lawson won Gizmodo's Made in Eureka contest by submitting his idea for an automatic language translator. Whatever writing the wearer sees can be translated and re-displayed into any language. This would allow tourists to understand signs and menus - the very basics of getting around in an international city.
Implications - Dual or multi-purpose products are on the rise as a direct result of the move towards a tech-savvy, convenience-oriented world. Businesses that incorporate other products outside their usual realm and create products prefaced with the words "hybrid" or "all-in-one" will generate significant consumer interest as buyers are looking to simplify their everyday routines.