Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri trials groundbreaking new Xrai Glass App

Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri trials groundbreaking new Xrai Glass App

Love Island star Tasha Ghouri became emotional when trying on a pair of Xrai glasses, which show subtitles to deaf people, in a video on her Instagram.

Ghouri, 24, cried as she was able to read speech in real time with the glasses.

She was born deaf and had a cochlear implant fitted aged five, in addition to endless rounds of speech therapy.

Produced by tech firm Xrai Glass, the glasses provide a text summary of speech in real time (Handout)
Produced by tech firm Xrai Glass, the glasses provide a text summary of speech in real time (Handout)

Trying on the glasses, Ghouri said: “I don’t know why I am crying. This is going to help so many people. I wish I had this growing up, it would have helped me so much.”

Ghouri was the first deaf contestant on Love Island in the summer.

The ex-Islander called the glasses “amazing” as she “struggles still” with keeping up with conversations because of her hearing loss. She also isn’t able to watch certain programmes as they don’t have subtitles.

Love Island 2022 contestant Ghouri was born deaf and has a cochlear implant (ITV)
Love Island 2022 contestant Ghouri was born deaf and has a cochlear implant (ITV)

Of the life-changing glasses, Ghouri said in a caption accompanying her post: “So this is an emotional one..@xraiglass is amazing for me and for so many other people out there.

“Even with my cochlear implant, I struggle still in certain situations, for example at the cinema there’s no subtitles, in group conversations with noisy backgrounds, with TV that’s not subtitled, I now can use these glasses & not miss out the fact that the text is in real-time as well is just insane.

“As you can see I got emotional because wish I had XRAI Glass growing up, it would have helped me massively but I know this is going to change many, many people’s lives that can’t even have access to a hearing aid or a cochlear implant - I’m truly proud to be a part of this amazing company #xraiglass #lifesubtitled”.

Ghouri said the Xrai glasses would help ‘so many people’ with hearing loss (Handout)
Ghouri said the Xrai glasses would help ‘so many people’ with hearing loss (Handout)

British technology firm Xrai Glass designed the transformative glasses. It described its product as being like “Alexa…but for your eyes”, providing a recap of what’s just been said in text summary.

The glasses are lightweight, at under three ounces, have darkened lenses and can be connected to the user’s smartphone. The subtitles displayed can also be translated into other languages other than English.

Currently, the product can be used only on £400 glasses produced by Chinese firm Nreal. However, Xrai Glass aims to have it enabled for use on other smart glasses in the future.