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Word Lens app is an augmented reality translator

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Word Lens app is an augmented reality translator
The next time you're navigating a train station or perusing a menu in a foreign country, you will know exactly what app you want to have on your phone. The Word Lens app is an augmented reality translator, that will take any text in your camera's frame, and translate it to your native tongue, directly on the image itself. Amazing.

Otavio Good, one of the codevelopers, explains that "It tries to find out what the letters are and then looks in the dictionary. Then it draws the words back on the screen in translation." This way, you could look at anything from a menu, to a sign, or even an interesting billboard, and get a word for word translation.

Perhaps the best feature of Word Lens is that it doesn't require a network connection, so you can still use the app even if you don't get service in your vacation destination. This is similar to Pleco, a Chinese learning app that translates text taken from Google Goggles. But that requires a network connection, and the exchange between your phone and the server.

For now, the US$4.99 app only translates between Spanish and English, but more languages are on the way. The developers claim that French, Italian, and Portugese are the next on their to-do list. While the app is only for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch (4th Gen.), we anticipate releases on other operating systems in the near future.

source: iTunes via TechCrunch

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posted on 17 Dec 2010, 00:48

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


posted on 17 Dec 2010, 01:39

2. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Just downloaded this on my iPhone 4 and it's absolutely amazing. Almost magical. THE IMAGES IN THE VIDEO ARE NOT, I REPEAT NOT SIMULATED IMAGES!! it works just the same, instantly. No handwriting recognition though and it is word for word translation, so words that have contextual meanings based on the context of the phrase it's in might not be great but it's amazing. It works. The pricing is actuall free but you must pay 4.99 for each translation dictionary(I.e. English to Spanish-4.99, Spanish to English-another 4.99) so it's really $10 for each languages full translation suite but it's well worth it for what this thing does. Can't wait for more languages.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 07:59

3. Ned (unregistered)

..and that's it how you make argument reality app. Awesome 5*
App of the day on Moblly -http://www.moblly.com/iPhone_Word_Lens

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