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    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 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.


    Source: TechCrunch
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    Comments 41 Comments
    1. justin7942163's Avatar
      justin7942163 -
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Great start. Great idea also.
    1. Wolftamer's Avatar
      Wolftamer -
      holy ****...
    1. ert6ic's Avatar
      ert6ic -
      that's what i needed, thanks man
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      I'm going to Mexico in February, this will be ideal!!
    1. zim_from_IPH's Avatar
      zim_from_IPH -
      I like the Idea but only spanish kinda sucks
    1. j.eck.art.3d's Avatar
      j.eck.art.3d -
      Wow... This app is one of the most amazing (non-jailbreak) apps I've ever seen! And to think that it is handled in realtime AND locally without the need of a crazy huge server farm like those voice recognition apps. Quite impressive. Thanks for the tip John!
    1. TwinSouls's Avatar
      TwinSouls -
      I already speak English n Spanish. I need something in Chinese or Korean
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Great stuff

      But people are so damn cheap! Reading the reviews you have people giving them a bad rating just because they want the whole thing free
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      Useless for me, i already speak spanish and english...
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      wow...this thing exist.....
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      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)
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      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
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      Cool stuff, but I'm still waiting for flying cars and a cherry 2000! ;]
      Come on technology...
    1. Oblitronix's Avatar
      Oblitronix -
      WOW! Hope they translate all the language, so that i don't need to bring a translation book.
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      This is old news...

      This has voice translation already

      Pomegranate | NS08
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      $4.99 for an app like this is a steal!
      I'll definitely be picking up several of these as they're released, starting with this Spanish one.

      Hoping for German, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

      To everyone saying it's pricey: compare the $4.99 to cross-language dictionaries, which require you to do all the work.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Turb02 View Post
      This is old news...

      This has voice translation already

      Pomegranate | NS08
      lol, I had completely forgotten about the wonder-phone. That joke is still going around?
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      ^ not sure if its still going around but I keep it linked because I think its funny!!