Friday, December 17, 2010

New Translation App Not Just for TechnoGeeks

The Durham News Service is run by the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, a destination marketing organization.  DCVB gets excited about new technology that makes travel easier and more accessible.  This new application for the iPhone is just such a development. 

The app translates text (right now only between English and Spanish or Spanish and English) in real time using the camera - it doesn't even require a network connection (translate - if you are traveling outside the U.S., you do not need to worry about costly International roaming fees). 

The full version will set users back a mere $4.99.  A free version has a nifty text reversal feature that is novel, if nothing else.  Watch the introductory video.  It's called Word Lens and it's likely to be a big hit with those looking to break down language barriers.  It may even be a useful tool in the workplace for employees whose native language is Spanish requiring the need to constantly translate words into English. 

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