Word Lens

Word Lens developer snapped up by Google

Google has purchased Quest Visual, the company behind Word Lens, an app that translates text in the world using the iPhone's camera. The technology from Word Lens is expected to be incorporated into Google Translate. The Word Lens language packs will be made free during the transition to Google, according to the Quest Visual website:

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Word Lens for iPhone review

If you're traveling to foreign countries and you aren't 100% familiar with that language, reading traffic, public transit, and wayfinding signs can be a task. Looking them up in a translation app or in a physical guide can be daunting and slow you down. Word Lens for iPhone can solve this problem by allowing you to use the camera in your iPhone to take photos of signs. It will then translate them in real time.

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Daily Apps: FX Photo Studio, Curio, Word Lens, Particlescape, DataMan Free

FX Photo Studio: UI improvements, text labels, contest entering and more make an already great photo editor even greater!

Curio: Ron Templeton III is imprisoned in an insane asylum and it's your job to get him out in this quirky take on a classic side-scroller.

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked this week, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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Word Lens instant translation -- via camera!

If Word Lens is to be believed, we now live in the future where you simply point your iPhone camera at something and it translates it for you replacing the Spanish text, for example, with English right before your gobsmacked eyes.

It currently only supports 2 demo modes (backwards and erase) and two language packs (English to Spanish and Spanish to English) available as in-app purchases, currently on 50% off sale for $4.99. They admit it's not perfect; it can't handle handwriting or stylized fonts, and gives more gist than precise translation, but again -- camera based translation, future, gobsmacked. Even if it's only a tech demo, even if it only works for comedic effect,

[Free with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

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