Does the camera option in Google Translate app identify both typed and handwritten text?

Drsunil V December 7, 2013
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Does camera option in Google Translate app identify both typed and handwritten text? It works well with typed text but often shows error with handwritten text. Does it’s feature in “CAMERA” ( not handwritten touch input feature ) include both typed and handwritten text or only typed text?

  1. Oron J
    December 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    The only reliable handwriting recognition systems at present work within very specific constraints, such as recognising addresses (where they can compare the results to a known database) or where the _action_ of writing was recorded (such as on some older PDAs or on touch panels etc). There are simply too many variations in handwriting style and possible interpretation (even for humans) for a computer to do a good job of it.
    In other words, it's a novelty feature, not a useful one.

    • Drsunil V
      December 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Thanks.
      I understand. Is this feature available as novelty or experimentally on an android app? like Google Translate or other?

    • Susendeep D
      December 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      This feature is a part of the app and it was in alpha stage for 18 months.You'll have to train the app so as to make it recognize your handwritten texts.

  2. Susendeep D
    December 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Have a read at the below article -

    Google Translate can now translate text in images through your phone's camera

    The handwritten recognition might be a hit or miss feature.Keep on updating the app.May be in future,it might become mature enough to recognize handwriting.

    • Drsunil V
      December 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thanks. Please tell , do you mean that recognizing handwritten text on paper , is part of feature in camera option of Google Translate?

    • Susendeep D
      December 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Yes.

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