Dec 17, 2010 0
If I were in the business of language learning for travelers, I’d be cashing out right about now.
Word Lens uses image recognition to do on the fly translations from English to Spanish. Image recognition and translation are nothing new, but the app distinguishes itself with its AR interface. Word Lens layers the translated text over the source text, re-writing things like signs so that on the device, they appear in the user’s language.
Right now it does English-Spanish, but adding more languages shouldn’t be too hard compared to the technical hurdles these developers have leapt already. This is the type of AR app I love to see.
One problem: it requires an internet connection. For those of us who pay through the nose for roaming out of country, it’d be much better if this type of app had a language database that lived on the phone.
It’s $4.99 for the iPhone. No word on a Droid version.