Google acquires Word Lens to make Google Translate even better

googlewordlens-624x351Recently Google has acquired Questvisual the creators of Word Lens, an augmented reality app that changes words in books, sings or even menus into different languages in real time. According to a post on Questvisual’s website they will be joining google translate.

“By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual’s technology into Google Translate’s broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future,” the statement said. “As a thank you to everybody who supported us on our journey, we’ve made both the app and the language packs free to download for a limited time while we transition to Google.”   

word_lens_vignetteFor those of you who have never heard of this app it is actually fairly simple, all you need to do is point your device at any printed text and you will be able to see the words change in real time. Google might also decide to integrate Word Lens with Google Glass, this would allow someone to translate a word by simply looking at it. In fact, Questvisual did show off a demo app of Word Lens for Glass at Google’s development conference where the Google Glass development kid was announced.


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