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Now IPhone App Instantly Translates Words as You Watch

An incredible new apparatus has been developed for iPhone users that will instantly translate words viewed through the phone’s camera. Known as WordLens, it uses the iPhone’s inbuilt camera to recognise text that is viewed through the lens. This can help bewildered tourists who are lost in a foreign country. At the moment, it only translates words from Spanish into English and vice versa but further languages are expected to follow. WordLens uses text recognition to work out what the word or phrase is, and then automatic translation software translates it into the new language. The translation is then pasted over the original location, almost in real time. Not every phrase translated in the apparatus is grammatically correct with mangled English such as ‘Recent attack of shark’ and ‘Tongue Bolivian with a sauce spicy of anchovies’ resulting from literal translation. But the speed and accuracy of the apparatus software is still good enough to make sense of simple road signs or restaurant menus.  This iPhone 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. 

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