Word Lens: Augmented Reality Translator App for iPhone

Imagine an app that can instantly translate foreign text using just your iPhone’s camera. That’s exactly what Quest Visual has achieved with Word Lens. This innovative iPhone app uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to identify and translate words in real-time, directly on your device.

Unlike other translation tools, such as Google Goggles, which depends on server-based processing, Word Lens processes images and translations locally on your phone.

This means you don’t need an active internet connection to use it, and translations are almost instantaneous. Google Goggles, in contrast, requires data connectivity which can introduce delays.

Word Lens is now available for download on the App Store. The basic application is free, and it includes demo modes that allow you to reverse or erase words in an image to test its capabilities.

For full translation features, users can purchase language packs, initially offering English to Spanish and vice versa. Future updates are expected to expand the range of languages available.

The app is compatible with iOS 4.0 or later and works on devices equipped with a video camera, such as the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the 4th generation iPod touch. Check out Word Lens in action in the video below.

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