iPhone app translates words in real-time

By on December 18, 2010
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Uses camera to translate words instantly.

It’s incredible how technology can be twisted to do something you would never imagine it could. A new iPhone app, which is available now, can translate words in real-time using the iPhone’s built-in camera, potentially changing how we may communicate across languages.

The app called Word Lens (developed by QuestVisual) is an augmented reality app that will translate words to English on-the-fly when the iPhone’s camera is pointed towards another language. The developers, Otavio Good and John DeWeese, have been working on the project for over two years, and are entirely self funded. “It tries to find out what the letters are and then looks in the dictionary. Then it draws the words back on the screen in translation,” said founder Good.

To fully understand the power of the app, check out the video below. We can only imagine how such technologies will play a part in our future, forever changing the way we interact with people all over the world.

Now someone needs to build an app that would translate language, from speech, to English text. No more shall we be subtly abused in a foreign language!


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Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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  • Noor Karzon

    *whispers* For a moment I kept searching for the wrong app name, you spelled it wrong till I noticed the real name from the video :P

    But thanks alot for the app :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/mufaa Mufaddal Fakhruddin

      Woops! Thanks for that. Fixed.

  • Noor Karzon

    *whispers* For a moment I kept searching for the wrong app name, you spelled it wrong till I noticed the real name from the video :P

    But thanks alot for the app :)

  • mcD419

    used it this app is the BOMB

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