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Posted at 2:23 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Word Lens iPhone app: Yet another reason to book that trip to Argentina

By Melissa Bell

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¡Bienvenidos a BlogPost! If you do not know what that means -- and you're willing to purchase a $4.99 iPhone app -- you're in luck. The Word Lens app can instantly translate printed text when you take a photograph with your iPhone.

The translation is straight word for word translation and it only reads printed words -- no handwriting or cursive or curly-cue fonts. But -- as the promo shows -- for someone trying to navigate a foreign country with no language skills, it will save a person from a lot of mis-ordered meals, confusion in the train stations and wandering onto nude beaches by mistake (it's always a mistake, isn't it?).

The first review on the app page says, "'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,' Arthur C Clarke" and it does feel a bit like magic to see the words scramble and reappear on the screen. The app only translates from Spanish to English or English to Spanish, but the creators have plans to introduce French, Italian and Portuguese.


By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
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Comments

I'm happy that this APP has came out, I'm hoping that it will get more languages on this APP. We're in Korea right now and would love it if there can be a Korea translation for the iphone.. Please, I know that the company is creating three more languages (French, Italian and Portuguese) but it would be awsome if the Korea APP can also be created.. There's alot of American's in Korea that need that technology.. Thanks

Posted by: eugenewjackson | December 17, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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