Word Lens App Instantly Translates the Text You See

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  • 07 Jul 2012
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  • There’s a new app available in Google Play Store, called Word Lens and made by Quest Visual, that is used to instantly translate the printed words from one language to another. This is done using the device’s built in video camera in real time. The paid version of the app goes for $4.99 and includes a language pack.

    Translations are available from English to Spanish, English to French, English to Italian. The really interesting thing is that the software doesn’t require a network connection, so results will appear immediately on your video screen when you need it. The software is easy to use and intuitive and it’s able to look up translations as you type them in or click a single word. The recommendation here is that you use the software on clearly printed text, such as road signs, menus and similar stuff.

    Handwritting is NOT recognized and nor are stylized fonts. In order to get the translation right you need to keep the text in focus and also keep the source text at least a hand length away. It’s also recommended you tap to focus if the autofocus is struggling. Turning on the flash is also a good idea and so is zooming in. You can download the app from here.

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