Word Lens is an app that lets you point a camera at objects in the real world, translate any text, and replace the text with a new language. It doesn’t always work perfectly, but when it does it’s kind of sci-fi crazy cool — but up until now, you’ve had to point your iPhone or Android device at an object to translate it.
Now the makers of Word Lens have unveiled a new app for Google Glass, which means that if you’re wearing Glass all you have to do is look at text, trigger a translate command, and a translation will appear in your field of vision.
Not having to hold your phone up to your face makes Word Lens even cooler.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Word Lens for Google Glass: Look at text, translate it
This would be even cooler if Google Glass covered your entire field of vision instead of just a small bit of space above your right eye, since it’d actually replace text right before your eyes, instead of giving you a second view of an object. [Quest Visual]
- CyanogenMod has a second hardware partner… isn’t naming names yet
The Oppo N1 might not be the only device shipping with CyanogenMod software for long. [+CyanogenMod]
- Google Translate app for Android update brings new UI, easier voice-to-voice translation
Google has given its not-quite-universal translator app a shiny coat of KitKat, with a new emphasis on voice and handwritten translation at the top of the app. I wonder if Google’s working on a Word lens-style translate app for Glass… [Google Translate]
- Opera’s Android web browser adds better support for larger tablets
Opera 18 is designed with tablets larger than 7 inches in mind, sporting new user interface tweaks. [GigaOm]
- Amazon Appstore for Android devices gets a UI refresh
Amazon’s app store for most Android devices now looks a little more like the store on the latest Kindle Fire tablets, and it’s a bit faster too. [Android Police]