Translate text on pictures with updated Google Goggles App

by: Bradley Wint on May 8th, 2010 at 3:05 am

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Google has updated their Goggles application to include a translation tool. Say you were told to go to France for a business meeting with an important client but only had a real translator to help you during the meeting, how would your survive before and after the meeting?

With the Goggles app, a person can take a picture of foreign text in one language (English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) and convert it to another (one of the remaining 4). Now you can snap food menus, street signs, billboards, bail forms after being locked up in jail and so on.

The app works on Android phones running version 1.6 or above. All users have to do is point, shoot and then draw a box around the area of interest, and then letting Google do the rest to deliver a translated message. The new update is still a work in progress and more languages are expected the be added.

The original purpose of Goggles was to allow users to take pictures of real life objects that cannot be explained in a textual keyword search query. When the picture is taken and uploaded, it is compared to a huge database on Google’s end to hopefully bring back some accurate results linking to info about the photographed object. Google says the product works best with books & DVDs, landmarks, logos, contact info, artwork, businesses, products, barcodes, or text.

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