Do you ever get frustrated not being able to read menus or shop signs overseas? Not to worry, help has arrived...
Word Lens is a free app that uses the built-in cameras on smartphones and similar devices to quickly scan and identify foreign text (such as that found in a sign or a menu), and then translate and display the words in another language on the device's display. The words are displayed in the original context on the original background, and the translation is performed in real-time without connection to the internet.
For example, using the viewfinder of a camera to show a shop sign on a smartphone's display will result in a real-time image of the shop sign being displayed, but the words shown on the sign will be the translated words instead of the original foreign words.
Available language pairs:
- English - Russian
- English - Spanish
- English - French
- English - Italian
- English - German
- English - Portuguese
Translation works in both directions.
Check it out at the Google Play Store
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Please note that we have trialled the majority of these products and have found them to be relatively reliable and user friendly. We have not undertaken a detailed verification and we therefore suggest that you discuss the products with your computer advisers before using the technology.