Every so often, I'm amazed by technology. Check out this new app called Word Lens. The app instantly translates printed words from one language to another with a built-in video camera, in real time!

Word Lens is a dictionary -- evolved. It looks up words for you, and shows them in context. You can use Word Lens on your vacations to translate restaurant menus, street signs, and other things that have clearly printed words.

Just like Version 1 of any new app, Word Lens has its limits. Sometimes the translation will be hard to understand, but it usually gets the point across. If a translation fails, there is a way to manually look up words by typing them in. Word Lens does not read very stylized fonts, handwriting, or cursive.

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Comment by Jason Coulston on December 20, 2010 at 9:05am
We downloaded this over the weekend and immediately began using both the English -> Spanish and the Spanish -> English dictionaries. We awed the crowd at a local surf shop when we showed them during checkout. Four employees immediately wrote the name of the app down. I feel like this app is straight out of Star Trek. Love it. LOVE IT!

Jason
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