At Xander, we use AR to enhance daily, in-person communication for individuals, families, and teams affected by hearing loss.

We all have a need to understand and be understood.

1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from hearing loss. Not being able to clearly hear what others are saying prevents understanding, which can be frustrating for everyone involved. Straining to have conversations creates daily aggravation and over time, hearing loss can cause people to withdraw and become isolated.  

Xander’s vision is to create augmented understanding. We use AR (augmented reality) to enhance in-person conversations to create deeper connections.

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XanderGlasses Can Help

XanderGlasses combine technology with sensory substitution. So in circumstances when you can't hear what someone is saying, our glasses let you see what someone is saying in real-time. See XanderGlasses in action! This video captures people with hearing loss trying our glasses for the first time.
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Our smart glasses display real-time captions of what other people are saying. 

They're lightweight, comfortable, and feel natural. The caption display is inobtrusive, allowing the wearer to follow conversations while looking directly at the speaker and surroundings. XanderGlasses allow people who are hard of hearing to clearly understand who is speaking to them, whether at home, work, or in a noisy public venue. This helps people feel more confident and relaxed during conversations.

XanderGlasses are ready to go out of the box. Just push a button, put the glasses on, and you’ll see real-time captions of what other people are saying, superimposed right in your field of view. There's no need to worry about pairing to your phone, installing apps, or connecting to the cloud.
No strings attached — literally. XanderGlasses are 100% self-contained, so they don’t require a phone to work. You don’t need to be connected to WiFi and you don’t need a strong cell signal. There are no hidden data charges and no subscription fees. XanderGlasses just work—whenever and wherever you need them!
Conversations are personal and we respect privacy. Only you can access your conversations. Since XanderGlasses don't rely on a cloud service, no human or machine will hear conversations captioned by our glasses. Xander is SOC 2 and HIPAA compliant—we don’t collect your data!

Testimonials from people wearing our glasses

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"My default’s always been lip reading—I've had hearing loss since I was a kid. I met with Alex yesterday for approximately a half hour using his new "glasses." I was completely blown away. As I got in my car and drove away, I realized, for the first time in a long while, that my energy after having a conversation had returned and that glow kept me going the rest of the afternoon and into the evening."
Sue | Severe hearing loss, cochlear implants
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"It’s really cool. This is every hard of hearing person’s dream—to be able to see what’s being said in real time. It’s awesome."
Barbara | Severe hearing loss, cochlear implants
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“I think this is such a game changer for so many people. It’s really incredible. It’s really exciting.”
Britt | Deaf in one ear
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“It helps. Basically. I can either ignore it or pay attention to it. I can focus above the captions and see you and I can interact. It's like a crutch. If I need the captions, I can see them."
Denis | Hearing aids

XanderGlasses in the News

Journalists, experts in audiology, and advocates of hearing health have interviewed us about our mission and XanderGlasses. Here's some of our earned media coverage.

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Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs, Closed-Caption Glasses: Assistive Tech Gains at CES in Las Vegas
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Metaverse ventures bring smell and taste to virtual reality at CES 2023: ‘At least you can feel something’
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Somerville startup’s glasses can live-caption conversations for the hard of hearing
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Somerville company hopes to 'caption the world' with new closed captioning glasses
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Try XanderGlasses

Right now, we are hard at work preparing XanderGlasses for customers. To join our waitlist and learn more about the product, please click on the link below. We'd love to hear from you.