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December 17, 2010
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Video: iPhone app translates printed text - a tool for cops?

The application is currently only available for the iPhone, but BlackBerry and Android apps could come in the future

By PoliceOne Staff

A new iPhone application called Word Lens allows users to translate text simply by pointing the phone’s camera at the desired text. The translation happens instantly.

The tool could be used to translate documents or citations for non-English speakers. It could also be of great use to police and first responders who are required to act quickly, even if they run into important signage or documents that are in a foreign language. If you point the phone at a sign that reads “NO PARAR – CUALQUIER HORA,” the screen of your phone will display the same exact sign, except the text will be translated to “NO STOPPING – ANY TIME.” You can download the application for free, but “language packs” cost $5 each.

So far it only has Spanish-to-English (and English-to-Spanish) but more are expected in time.

Watch the app in action in the video below.

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