Word Lens translates signs and text almost instantly

Google Glass app translates words before your eyes

Google Glass has demonstrated near-instant translation of signs and text using the app Word Lens.

Shown off at an event demonstrating the use of apps developed by Strava using the new Glass Developer Kit (GDK), Word Lens only requires the user to look at foreign-language text and say ‘Okay Glass, translate this”.

The app then automatically translates the text, overlaying the translation on top of the original text while attempting to match the font and background colour.

The operation is said to be almost instantaneous, and uses a locally-stored dictionary of around 10,000 words in each language – meaning no data plan is required.

The Word Lens app had previously been available for iOS and Android, and the developers described the method of developing for Glass using GDK as similar to that of Android.

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