Google buys Word Lens app
Update: I installed the app and all the available modules (Russian, Portugese, Spanish, German, Italian and French) and then tried using it on pravda.ru. The app does real-time translating as you point your smartphone camera at a group of words. It seemed to do a decent job on the main banner headline on Pravda’s Russian language site.
Knowing how many here are from around the globe, I thought this would be of interest.
Google has purchased a visual translation app (doubtless to help with their rollout of Glass), and made it free for the time being!
The software uses a smartphone camera to translate signs in real time into the users native language. The technology is remarkable and used by many world travelers. Previously, translation packs were available as in-app purchases, but Quest Visual has made all the packs and the app itself free for a limited time.
There are iOS and Android versions of the app. It has a 4-star rating in the Apple iOS store.
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