If you’ve ever been to another country and struggled with reading signs and menus, a new iPhone app called Word Lens might be just what the doctor ordered. Word Lens is an augmented reality app that can actually translate text seen through your iPhone’s camera. Just turn on the app and hold up the phone so that the text you want to translate appears on your iPhone camera’s viewfinder, and Word Lens will pick out the words, translate them for you and display the translation right on your iPhone’s screen.
The app itself is free, but all the free version does is let you play with or erase text on images seen through your iPhone camera. The actual English-to-Spanish dictionary that gives the app its translation capabilities is $4.99.
Even better, the app doesn’t have to be connected to the Internet to do this. So, it’ll work even in areas where you have no signal and you don’t have to worry that using the app while you travel will result in obscenely high cell phone bills. $4.99 is definitely a reasonable price for something that will help you out in a foreign country without racking up data charges. Read more