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Word Lens: translate in real time with just your phone's camera

By Emil ยท 4 replies
Dec 17, 2010
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  1. This is the story of how augmented reality met optical character recognition and how the two fell in love. They then had a baby and called it Word Lens, which grew up to be an instant translation app.

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,461   +364

    That looks totally awesome. It will make international trips either much easier, or will embarrass yourself. =o
  3. I downloaded the app. It's not all that. The sign has to be big and clear and minimalistic.

    Also it costs $4.99 for English to Spanish and another $4.99 for Spanish to English.

    Not worth it imho.
  4. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    This is a first release and it is safe to assume the app and translation will get better and that more languages will be available in the future. 4.99 for a translation software is very cheap I don't think that even a dictionary is cheaper than that.

    And by the way the headline should read "with your iPhone's camera" ;)
  5. AlienOverlord

    AlienOverlord TS Rookie Posts: 27

    I knew this day would come. I've been teaching English abroad for years but I've always known that the window of opportunity would close. I'm guessing I have two good years left and then applications like these will lessen the need for native speakers and the money will no longer be worth it.

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