There is alot of deserved excitement about Word Lens these days. A simple way of translating text from a photo – in one go. What is notable about the design concept is that the app is free and the languages are 5.99 per. Interesting. One might also wonder how long before this technology gets licensed to a number of AR browsers also in circulation.
A new iPhone app called Word Lens promises to translate foreign words on the fly. How? Just by pointing the phone’s camera at a sign written in another language.
“A few years ago I was in another country, and there was a sign I couldn’t read and I thought, ‘Why doesn’t my cellphone do this?’,” said Word Lens creator Otavior Good in a video on his company’s website.
“So I decided to make a translator.”
The idea has already proven popular, with a demonstration video posted to YouTube three days ago racking up almost 2 million views and Word Lens becoming the top travel app in Australia and New Zealand.
The app is free to download, but each language pack will set you back $5.99 a pop. Only one pack is available at launch, for translations between English and Spanish.