Flashback: Word Lens

on Tuesday, May. 20th

In 2011 we featured a little augmented reality translation app for the iPhone called Word Lens. On the fly text translation that would be the perfect companion for wearable tech. Which is probably what Google was thinking when they bought Quest Visual, the makers of Word App this month.

Here’s what we said about Word Lens at the time:

Word Lens is an innovative iPhone app that translates languages in real-time by actually replacing the text being seen through the camera’s phone with the translated text in the same color and font as the original.

Wired magazine has called the app one of the “most amazing” they have ever seen, and in this edition of Turnstyle Talks, we hear from Word Lens co-creator John DeWeese about how they were able to put together the app and how he sees it being used in the future.

Quest Visual is moving over to the Google Translate team, and the app and all of its language packs for iOS, Android, and Google Glass are now everyone’s favorite price: free.

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