With “Word Lens” (link to iOS app) you can literally point your phone at a sign and get it translated to english in REAL-TIME! I was skeptical at first but after seeing the app was free for a limited time I had to check it out. If you’re planning on traveling overseas (Europe/Russia) in the near future you need to get this app. Very cool use of technology and an indispensable tool for those not familiar with the native language of the country they’re visiting.
Currently the following add-on languages are available (and they’re free to):
- English ⇆ Russian
- English ⇆ Portuguese
- English ⇆ German
- English ⇆ Italian
- English ⇆ French
- English ⇆ Spanish
I just read that Google has bought the company called Quest Visual (not surprising). It’ll be interesting to see what they do with it going forward (it’s already been ported to Google Glass).