Word Lens Translator Demo

Word Lens Translator Demo

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Useful tool
  • Zoom in/out
  • Word focus
Cons
  • It doesn't include any demo translation package
  • It should be more accurate
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Expert's Review
5.0
Worthy

"Translate at first sight"

Reviewed by / Jul 26, 2012

World Lens uses the back camera of your device to instantly translate printed words

Dictionaries, translator devices and all this sort of gadgets are almost becoming unuseful due to smart devices. Apps are adding functions to our mobile devices making the most of its built-in features. Word Lens turns your camera into a translator: you just need to target the printed word you want to translate (imagine ads, sign, posters, magazines...) with the back camera of your device and it will do the rest.

However, translating isn't the only action you can perform with Word Lens. Actually this Lite version only brings two features and none of them are translation tools. Demo includes "word reverse" (it reverses the words you target) and "erase words" (the word you target will disappear). This is just to show you how this technology works. However, although that's interesting, it's not really useful. Translating is probably its plus point.

What's the problem? All translation packages available (so far English to Spanish, French and Italian and viceversa) are paid ($4.99). it would be great if it includes at least one translation package to try if it's worth enough.

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Developer's original description available here
*** DEMO EDITION ONLY *** ADDITIONAL PURCHASE REQUIRED for translation.

Instantly translate printed words from one language to another with your built-in video camera, in real time!

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY: The included demo modes recognize the same words as the language packs available for purchase.

Language Pack pricing: $4.99 each
+ English ⇆ Russian
+ English ⇆ Spanish
+ English ⇆ French
+ English ⇆ Italian
+ English ⇆ German
+ English ⇆ Portuguese

Try out the included modes first so you can see the technology in action. These built-in examples recognize words in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
- Reverse Words (spell all words backwards)
- Erase Words (digital white-out)

Word Lens gives you translation on the go:
- NO NETWORK required - results appear immediately on your video screen when you need it, anywhere in the world.
- Easy to use, like the regular camera
- Look up translations by typing them in, or clicking on a word.

Notes for getting the best quality out of your translations:
- Best used on clearly printed text (e.g. signs, menus)
- DOES NOT recognize handwriting or stylized fonts
- It's not perfect, but you can get the general meaning!
- Keep text in focus by holding it at least one hand-length away and tap-to-focus if autofocus is struggling.
- Turn on the flashlight (if available on your device)
- Zoom in (if available on your device)

Some features are device dependent. Not all device cameras can zoom, nor do all devices have a flashlight.

Having trouble? We want to hear from you! Email us at:
help@questvisual.com

Permissions Usage:
Hardware Controls: Take Pictures and Videos: Used to access the camera so we can translate what it sees.
Network Communication: Market Billing Service: Used to purchase language packs.
Network Communication: Full Internet Access: OPT-IN ONLY: Used only if you opt-in to submit errors and anonymous usage statistics to Quest Visual to help improve the product.
Network Communication: View Network State: OPT-IN ONLY: Used only if you opt-in to submit errors. Data is only reported if you opt-in and you are online and you are not roaming.

Recently changed in this version

v2.2:
- English ⇆ Russian
v2.1.2:
- Camera “v-sync” fix for Samsung devices.
- Camera incorrect rotation fix.
- Improved camera error handling (auto-reconnect)
v2.1.1: Camera Crash handling
v2.1.0:
- Portuguese ⇄ English!
- Save a screenshot of your translations, and share it online.
v2.0.3: Bug fixes


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Comments and ratings for Word Lens Translator Demo
  • (48)

    by Greg Masters on 13/04/2014

    The reverse word demo looked very weak. It often made mistakes on word separation. It did not impress me to pay 5 bucks for the Spanish version. Perhaps you should change the way the demo works. How about a 1 day trial?

  • (48)

    by shaleesh balachandran on 10/04/2014

    Good app, sply for travelers

  • (48)

    by 32davdi on 06/04/2014

    for free.

  • (48)

    by Teng Boon Pong on 06/04/2014

    Haven't try yet but seems interesting

  • (48)

    by Marius Ivas on 04/04/2014

    The idea is nice. I think you can improve the app. Keep it up.

  • (48)

    by Ahmed Medhat on 03/04/2014

    Don't have Arabic translation

  • (48)

    by Gordon Mckeown on 30/03/2014

    The demo gave me no idea how well the app works. Sure it can recognise some words and reverse or blank them, but how this helps me decide if the app is useful at translating... I just don't know. The erratic nature of the recognition also did not fill me