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  • Word Lens Translates Text in the Real World


    QuestVisual has just released Word Lens for the iPhone. Word Lens is a translation app similar to Babelfish, but instead translates text from the iPhones camera in real time. Simply point the camera at any text, such as a street sign and the app will instantly translate the words for you on the fly. Word Lens doesn’t have to have an internet connection to perform this magic, however, instead it handles all of the processing on the iPhone itself.

    Word Lens uses two different technologies in unison to achieve this remarkable feat. The app is part OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and part translation app. The two technologies work together to translate words with remarkable speed and accuracy. The translations are word for word, so the grammar may be a little off at times. The translations should be close enough, however, to get the point. For now, Word Lens is only capable of translating from Spanish to English and back. Each version costs $4.99. The app is free to download and demo, but you must use in-app purchasing to actually translate any text.

    QuestVisual’s founders Otavio Good and John DeWeese took 2 ½ years to create Word Lens. They hope to make more languages available in the future, most likely adding European languages first. Hopefully, the developers will be able to expand the language selections to include some Asian languages as well. Imagine if you could travel to Tokyo and use this app to find your way around the city. That would be simply amazing.

    Augment reality apps have always had much potential, but rarely have they been much more than impressive tech demos. Word Lens has raised the bar for what augment reality apps can do. I can’t wait to see what QuestVisual develops next. The future is now.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2OfQdYrHRs&feature=player_embedded[/ame]


    Source: TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Word Lens Translates Text in the Real World started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      OMG. That is so sick.
    1. BennyPR's Avatar
      BennyPR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post


      QuestVisual has just released Word Lens for the iPhone. Word Lens is a translation app similar to Babelfish, but instead translates text from the iPhones camera in real time. Simply point the camera at any text, such as a street sign and the app will instantly translate the words for you on the fly. Word Lens doesn’t have to have an internet connection to perform this magic, however, instead it handles all of the processing on the iPhone itself.

      Word Lens uses two different technologies in unison to achieve this remarkable feat. The app is part OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and part translation app. The two technologies work together to translate words with remarkable speed and accuracy. The translations are word for word, so the grammar may be a little off at times. The translations should be close enough, however, to get the point. For now, Word Lens is only capable of translating from Spanish to English and back. Each version costs $4.99. The app is free to download and demo, but you must use in-app purchasing to actually translate any text.

      QuestVisual’s founders Otavio Good and John DeWeese took 2 ½ years to create Word Lens. They hope to make more languages available in the future, most likely adding European languages first. Hopefully, the developers will be able to expand the language selections to include some Asian languages as well. Imagine if you could travel to Tokyo and use this app to find your way around the city. That would be simply amazing.

      Augment reality apps have always had much potential, but rarely have they been much more than impressive tech demos. Word Lens has raised the bar for what augment reality apps can do. I can’t wait to see what QuestVisual develops next. The future is now.

      YouTube - Introducing Word Lens


      Source: TechCrunch
      These translation are wrong, so this App is useless. If you want confirm what I say try the same translation using this App: iTranslate

      BennyPR
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BennyPR View Post
      These translation are wrong, so this App is useless. If you want confirm what I say try the same translation using this App: iTranslate

      BennyPR
      Which one is wrong exactly? Be specific.

      the literal translation of the sign is:

      "To the grill sausages"
      "French Fries"
      "Lemonade"

      Seems right to me.


      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      wow a bit pricey i would really like a lite version or say a full trial for about a week or so to see if i really want to pay that much for this app and want to use it. but that is pretty amazing real time without data. good work to the devs
      I hope you're joking. You won't find a book for less than this at the store and it doesn't have nearly the capability of this app.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      It did a decent job translating that sign back to English:
    1. BennyPR's Avatar
      BennyPR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Which one is wrong exactly? Be specific.

      the literal translation of the sign is:

      "To the grill sausages"
      "French Fries"
      "Lemonade"

      Seems right to me.



      I hope you're joking. You won't find a book for less than this at the store and it doesn't have nearly the capability of this app.
      I'm talking about spanish translation.

      Quote Originally Posted by TwinSouls View Post
      I already speak English n Spanish. I need something in Chinese or Korean
      iTranslate APP Store
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      great concept.. now we need more languages.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      [QUOTE=BennyPR;5657220]I'm talking about spanish translation.


      You failed to answer my question. Which translations are wrong?
    1. mastuul's Avatar
      mastuul -
      Nice! Hopefully lots of other languages are in the works.
    1. Bloodspatter's Avatar
      Bloodspatter -
      It seems that it doesn't work very well based on this report...

      Technolog - Word Lens app translates signs, but ¡cuidado!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Downloading now, this looks great
    1. BennyPR's Avatar
      BennyPR -
      [quote=Poseidon79;5657466]
      Quote Originally Posted by BennyPR View Post
      I'm talking about spanish translation.


      You failed to answer my question. Which translations are wrong?
      Hey read the translation from english to spanish

      Grilled Sausages ««««« »»»»» Salchichas a la Parrilla
      French Fries ««««« »»»»» Patatas Fritas
      Lemonade ««««« »»»»» Limonada
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      For those that know spanish already this is not for you. But this is a great tool for those that don't. And when more lanugages come along it will make the best travel app to have on you.

      I know spanish also but I admit that this is a great app.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      technology really is amazing.
      within a year, we will probably have an app for voice communication that does translations on the fly...(speak english and translate to spanish in a HAL 9000 voice)
      This does instant voice translation

      Jibbigo
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      I don't like doing "in-app purchases"
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Amazing app!
    1. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      Quote Originally Posted by vruls View Post
      Useless for me, i already speak spanish and english...
      Quote Originally Posted by TwinSouls View Post
      I already speak English n Spanish. I need something in Chinese or Korean
      you sound like trolls.

      The amount of work that would go into creating a live, on the fly translation, from pictures, on your phone, in the wild, without internet... is just amazing!

      for those complaining about minor translations that are wrong, maybe grammar will be added in an update, but for now does that really matter? I can see a big company picking them up or backing them to improve this further. This is a needed function and has a vast array of uses.
    1. MrLaTtEa's Avatar
      MrLaTtEa -
      Lol this told me FU on a t mobile sim card
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      A+ in concept
      F in execution

      Please don't release beta quality crap as sale ready items.
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      A+ in concept
      F in execution

      Please don't release beta quality crap as sale ready items.
      Well said/written.Does not work but I'm hoping for some updates.Hell I don't even think this was a beta form release.Maybe drawing board?
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      technology really is amazing.
      within a year, we will probably have an app for voice communication that does translations on the fly...(speak english and translate to spanish in a HAL 9000 voice)
      I'm sorry, Pedro, I'm afraid no comprende.

      Quote Originally Posted by cory View Post
      you sound like trolls.
      I was going to call them out on it also but thank you for doing it. Those were some of the most utterly useless posts I have seen in a long time.