I don’t typically cover Apps, why? Coz of the obvious reason: There are millions out there but once in a while there’d be an app that makes it impossible to be ignored. Today I am going to yap away about one such app.
Remember when your uncle brought you that awesome new camcorder from abroad and you’d have no clue as to how to operate it or to read that French manual that came with it? Remember how you’d try desperately try to pronounce and make sense of the those seemingly weird words? I know those days are long gone and most of you might even know the ‘La’ and ‘Le’ of French but for the unfortunate ones, worry not, Word Lens comes to the rescue. Word Lens from developers Quest Visual is a real time translation app that uses your phone’s camera to translate Spanish, English and other languages on the fly. It has been out for a while and now Google has acquired Quest Visual and made Word Lens free. And believe me it works like a charm. All you have to do is open the app, select the Language you want to translate, point it against the text and there you go. The text gets translated on your mobile screen and even without an internet connection!
I was pleasantly surprised when the app translated a Spanish excerpt from a book to English effortlessly. All I had to do was align my phone camera to the text and voila! It was something that reminded me of stuff that I’d seen in sci-fi movies. There were of course some grammatical nuances but who cares? I mean what the app translated would be enough to get you out of a tight spot or maybe help you find your way home if you happen to ever be estranged in Spain 😛
The app currently supports Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian and obviously English. It works the other way too, as in it can translate English to any of the mentioned languages as well. One of the minor gripes I have is that we need to select the language you need to translate. So if you don’t know what language that signboard has, you’ll have a little tough time. It also doesn’t has a little issue with translating stylized text.
Word Lens will definitely make you go “WOW”. Download it here.