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Word Lens: Instantly Translate Text With Your iPhone Camera

MOin 20-12-2010

When travelling abroad, you will come across countless signs in foreign languages. Understanding them is important because they might contain vital information. Here to easily translate those signs is Word Lens.


instantly translate text

Sized at only 3.1 MB, Word Lens is an iOS application compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch; your device needs to be running iOS 4.0 or later. The app recognizes text in an image and then translates it for you. In other words, you can quickly take a snapshot of a foreign language sign and then have the app translate it for you (see images above and below). You can look up translations to specific words as well.

instantly translate words

The app does not recognize handwritten or stylized fonts, however it works satisfactorily with most signs. In addition to translating text, the app also reverses words for you and erases them from pictures.

While the app itself is free, its language packs are not; in order to translate to a particular language you will first need to purchase its language pack. These packs are being offered at a 50% discount till December 31st.



  • A user friendly iOS app.
  • Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch.
  • Instantly translate words and text in images using your iPhone camera.
  • Lets you quickly translate signs in other languages.
  • Reverse words and erases them in pictures.

Check out Word Lens @ itunes.apple.com/us/app/word-lens/id383463868#

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