Week in Review – Wave Gothic Treff and eSight

Wave Gothic Treff

Every year 7 weeks after Easter, the Gothic music and arts festival is held in Leipzig, Germany. People travel from all over Germany and the world to attend the festival which features more than 150 artists and bands from different “dark music” genres. The festival is spread across the city for 4 days where various venues host different Gothic-themed events.

The festival is most famous for it’s extravagant costumes; attendees of the event dress in gothic, punk and medieval inspired clothes throughout the duration of the festival.

The first official Wave-Gotik-Treffen was held in the Eiskeller club in Leipzig. Since then, the number of visitors has increased greatly, with around 18,000 to 20,000 people attending each year, making it one of the biggest Gothic festivals in the world.

The major attraction of the Wave-Gotik Treffen is the music performances which range from acoustic folk to medieval-influenced to Gothic metal and many other dark related genres. The festival is also known for the Renaissance fairs, Viking and Pagan markets and Gothic Romance events.

The festival participants usually stay in camping areas, hotels or hostels around Leipzig, attendees who stay in the camp areas are given a wrist band which allows them free access to all public transportation in the city.

to attend  (əˈtɛnd) – an etw teilnehmen
to feature (ˈfiʧər) – etw darstellen, hier: aufweisen, präsentieren
various (ˈvɛriəs) – verschiedene
venue (ˈvɛnu) –  der Veranstaltungsort
extravagant (ɛkˈstrævəgənt) – verschwenderisch
medieval (mɪˈdivəl) – mittelalterlich
inspired (ɪnˈspaɪərd) – inspiriert
duration (ˈdʊˈreɪʃən) – die Dauer
visitors (ˈvɪzətərz) – die Besucher
attraction (əˈtrækʃən) – die Attraktion
performance (pərˈfɔrməns) – die Aufführung
fairs (fɛrz) – die Messen
participants (pɑrˈtɪsəpənts) – die Teilnehmer
attendees (əˈtɛnˈdiz) – die Besucher
wrist (rɪst) – das Handgelenk
public transportation (ˈpʌblɪk ˌtrænspərˈteɪʃən) – die öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel

eSight – Helping Blind People to See

eSight is a company in Toronto, which is building technology for legally blind people, who have impaired sight but are not fully blind, the device is made up of a headset, which uses digital cameras and image-processing algorithms, which are similar to virtual-reality systems, to capture and enhance what the user sees. The enhanced picture is then displayed on two screens near the user’s eyes, greatly improving their ability to see small or far away details.

eSight was founded in 2006 by Conrad Lewis, an electrical engineer who wanted to help his two legally blind sisters to see. The first generation of his device was released in 2013.

The company is committed to make blindness history by the year 2020, their mission is to better the unemployment rates, educational challenges, and discrimination that have followed the legally blind for far too long.

eSight has many visually impaired people’s dreams come true, from a little girl seeing her best friend for the first time to a father seeing his family clearly for the first time. Since the company’s establishment more than 81,000 people have joined the company’s mission to make the lives of legally blind people much easier.

legally blind (ˈligəli blaɪnd) – gesetzlich blinden
impaired sight (ɪmˈpɛrd saɪt)  – die Sehschwäche
algorithms (ˈælgəˌrɪðəmz) – die Algorithmen
virtual-reality (ˈvɜrʧuəl-ˌriˈæləˌti) – die virtuelle Realität
to capture (ˈkæpʧər) – erfassen
to enhance (ɛnˈhæns) – verbessern, erweitern
screens (skrinz) – die Blenden
founded (ˈfaʊndəd) –  gegründet
electrical engineer (ɪˈlɛktrɪkəl ˈɛnʤəˈnɪr) – der Elektroingenieur
committed (kəˈmɪtəd) – sich verpflichten
mission (ˈmɪʃən) – der Auftrag
unemployment (ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt) – die Arbeitslosigkeit
discrimination  (dɪˌskrɪməˈneɪʃən) – die Diskriminierung
establishment  (ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt) – die Einrichtung