Word Lens is an amazing translation app for the iPhone by Quest Visual. What’s really awesome about this is the fact that if translates text on the fly. No you don’t have to type, or speak out the text you want to translate. All you have to do is to open the application and point the phone’s camera towards the text you want to translate and you can instantly see the translated text in it’s place on screen. You’ve got to watch this video, at the end of this post, to see Word Lens in action.
When I first saw the video of the app in action, my first instinct was that this must be some April Fool’s joke which I just caught up with now. A mobile phone app can’t be this good! But after googling for it, other bloggers and tech review sites also had reviews of this app.
What’s even more amazing is that Word Lens doesn’t need an internet connection to work. The only drawback is that only the English to Spanish translation dictionary is available currently. According to Engadget, this app works only on the iPhone 3GS, 4 and the latest iPod touch. I can’t wait for Santa to bring me the latest iPod touch to personally try out this app. I wonder where I’ll get Spanish signs to test this once I do.
Update: This app seems to be available only in the US iTunes store as of now. Thanks to Renjit for pointing that out.