Word Lens: the AR translator app
If you’re a frequent traveller to foreign climes, you might be interested to hear about Word Lens, an innovative new translation app introduced for the iPhone.
Thanks to the wonders of augmented reality, Word Lens gives you the ability to see instant translations to and from a variety of languages simply by pointing your iPhone’s camera at a phrase or sign you want translated and letting Word Lens work its magic.
Impressively, translations are done in real time, and the results are superimposed over the original image – so if you were translating a street sign, for example, you would see the translated results as if they were on the original sign.
Word Lens is free to download, but each language pack will set you back $4.99 (around £3.20) from the App Store. At present the only choices are English to Spanish and vice versa, but Visual Quest – the software firm behind Word Lens – says more are on the way.