Friday, December 17, 2010
Engadget reports: [edited]
Augmented reality and optical character recognition have just come into their own, beautifully intertwined into an instant translation app for the iPhone. Download Word Lens, pay £2.99 for a language pack, then point it at a sign and watch as it replaces every word with one in your native tongue.
We just gave it a spin, and while it's not quite as accurate as this video claims, it's still breathtaking to behold - especially as it doesn't require an internet connection to do any lookup. Sadly, it only translates to and from English and Spanish for now. Still, Babelfish, eat your heart out.