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Translate text on the fly with your iPhone camera

Posted by on 17/12/2010

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If you find yourself lost in Spain this Christmas but can’t speak a bit of Spanish, you should download the Word Lens app for the iPhone which converts text from one language to the other on things like billboards, signs, books and other objects. The amazing thing about this app is that it also changes the text within the sign to make it look like the sign itself was written in English rather than showing the text separately.

It still has its flaws because it cannot read stylized text well, so signs with mostly solid lettering will do better. Also, if it has an issue with word recognition, you can enter it manually for a translation.

Word Lens instantly translates printed words from one language to another using the video camera on your iPhone. No network delay, no roaming fees, and no reception problems.

Word Lens is a dictionary — evolved. It looks up words for you, and shows them in context. You can use Word Lens on your vacations to translate restaurant menus, street signs, and other things that have clearly printed words.

Word Lens has its limits. Sometimes the translation will be hard to understand, but it usually gets the point across. If a translation fails, there is a way to manually look up words by typing them in. Word Lens does not read very stylized fonts, handwriting, or cursive.

By the way, did we mention that it’s free?! Download it here. Check out the video below to see it in action.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mathew.britton Mathew James Britton

    now that is a very useful tool to have. awesomeness!!

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