Welcome to the future. An iPhone app that translates with real-time image-recognition from one language to another with your built-in video camera, in real time! Use Word Lens on vacation, business travel, and just for fun.

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Founder Good explains the app’s process simply, ‘It tries to find out what the letters are and then looks in the dictionary. Then it draws the words back on the screen in translation.’ Right now the app is mostly word for word translation, useful if you’re looking to get the gist of something like a dish on a menu or what a road sign says.”

Made on a Mac, iOS developers at Quest Visual released an iOS-based technology breakthrough this week:

Something straight out of sci-fi comes exclusively to Apple mobile devices. Point your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4 to some text, and the Word Lens App translates it instantly.

The augmented reality style app erases any detected text, translates it, and adds translated text back in the live video. Using a similar-sized-font too. It does NOT require network connection. There is also a manual mode: look up translations by typing them in. It’s amazing, unreal, maybe even magical!

Download Word Lens [itunes] for free, with “Reverse Words” and “Erase Text” demo mode. Translator modules: English to Spanish or Spanish to English, are available in App purchase of $4.99 each.

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