WordLens – Best iPhone App ever!


This is one of the coolest and most handy Apps that I have seen on the iPhone! It’s called WordLens and it uses the camera on the iPhone along with Optical Character Recognition Technology to translate words from one language to another in real time. So if you are lost in a foreign country because you cannot read the road signs, all you have to do is point your iPhone camera lens at the sign and you can see the translated words on your iPhone screen.

The best thing about the App is that it doesn’t need an internet connection so you don’t have to worry about roaming or phone charges in foreign countries. Albeit it currently only supports Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation, WordLens says it will most likely add French, Italian and Portuguese soon.

Are you saying “How much does this awesome App cost”? It’s $4.99 for the Spanish to English translation and vice versa. But if you would like to see how it works and what the real time translation might look like, then go on over to the App Store and install the free version of the App. Although the free version only reverses and erases words, it will give you an idea of how cool it really is 🙂

GoogleChic, don’t go rummaging through the Android Market for the App, because you won’t find it there yet. Apparently WordLens figured that it would be best to release it first on the iPhone to measure the App’s success. But if you need some help with translation, I will gladly lend you my iPhone 🙂


The WordLens app is pretty sweet! Although there are many other OCR (optical character recognition) applications on the market, WordLens stands out because it doesn’t require a data connection in order to do it’s translation. Most apps requires you to take a picture of the text which then gets uploaded to a server foso tr translation. Hopefully, they’ll release the Android verison soon and support more languages.

For now, Snapit is a pretty good alternative. It has the capability  to extract the text from a picture and allows for you to share it. Of course, it can also translate the text to other languages. However, this requires a data connection. Hey at least this supports more than one language 😉

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