iPhone Word Translator: There`s An App For That

Submitted by: Volsunga 6 years ago in Tech

This app translates foreign language text for you. The translations are mediocre, but the technology is amazing.
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Female 115
This is awesome.. But I only have a 2nd gen. iPod touch, so no camera. :/
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Male 229
If only I had an iPhone, this app will be amazing.
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Male 252
Looks like iPhone is catching up to android...
Google goggles does this for free, but its not realtime - You have to take the picture and have it scan it.
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Male 12,365
[quote]i find that a bit too fictional, devices that can read text are hardly around and are very expensive, so one that can read text, translate it, and then image the text back onto the original image? on an iphone.. doubt it[/quote]

Optical Character Recognition has been around for 80 years and mainstream for 50. It was available on PCs 20 years ago (you used a scanner to get the image to the PC) and a modern handheld computer has more processing power than a 1990 PC.

Automatic translation is available for free online and takes little processing power.
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Female 3,598
really effing cool. now if only i had an iphone....
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Male 25,416
This is absolutly brilliant! There was a crude version of this that morror imaged words, but they have owned this one!
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Female 57
I downloaded it, it sucks. You only get the `reverse words` as a language as a demo(it just makes the spelling backwards) and that didn`t work at all, just kept garbling letters around.
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Male 2
Actually, just to shut up some idiots saying that an iPhone can`t do this, yes it can, I have the app.

Annoyingly though, you have to pay (I think it was £2.49) for the spanish -> english and english -> spanish part EACH.

The only free part of it is that it can reverse text and erase text. But even though you have to pay for the actual translation parts, the free stuff it does is still reaaaally cool.
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Male 1,222
Nice concept, but wrong translations
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Male 759
Very funny. How`s it go? You can fool some of the people..............
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Male 3,076
pretty sweet!
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Male 73
i find that a bit too fictional, devices that can read text are hardly around and are very expensive, so one that can read text, translate it, and then image the text back onto the original image? on an iphone.. doubt it
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Male 2,552
So... what does it do when the translated text is way too long to fit into the space allocated? Does it split it into a smaller font and cram two lines into the space of one?
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Male 12,365
[quote]Now - if you could point it at a sign and have it translated to your language automatically *regardless* of what the originating language is, THAT would be impressive.[/quote]

That`s a newer feature on Google`s automatic translation. Paste it in and click on "guess the language".

Auto-translation is useful enough in many cases.

As an example, I fed inaria`s post to Google, translated it to Spanish and translated the Spanish back to English:

[quote]I think this is awesome. Because although it will not be perfect translations (in a grammatical sense), and each word can not be translated correctly if no regional slang or words in the sign of what you`re trying to read, at least you can get the only the message, so it is not completely clueless.[/quote]

Wrong, but usable.
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Male 12,365
[quote]This is awesome. I hope a version of it comes out for Android soon.[/quote]

In the meantime, just go to Google and use the free automated translation there (under `language tools`). It`s the same thing, just less convenient.
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Male 10,440
[quote] OCR/automated translation is way old and nothing exciting.
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I guess I was a little behind the times then. I thought this was new.

... still neat though.

Next step is to incorporate any language and embed this into some glasses, so that whatever you look at is translated to English.
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Male 307
Meh - I agree with Angillion - OCR/automated translation is way old and nothing exciting.

Now - if you could point it at a sign and have it translated to your language automatically *regardless* of what the originating language is, THAT would be impressive.
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Male 2,868
This is awesome. I hope a version of it comes out for Android soon.
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Male 2,868
This is awesome. I hope a version of it comes out for Android soon.
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Male 312
Ladies and gentlemen... THE FUTURE!
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Male 7,378
And it`s free!
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Male 15,510
Lmao, so funny the Spanish looks so silly because is written following the English grammar rules
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Female 31
yeh ermmm this app really doesnt work. its jumpy and constantly changing its mind what its reading even tho im only on the demo and all it has to do is reverse the text.
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Male 12,365
So they`ve combined OCR, which has been a mainstream technology for 50 years, and automated translation, which is at least 10 years old.

But hey, it`s got a `i`, so it must be revolutionary and well worth every penny of whatever anyone decides to charge for it.

In reality, of course, it wouldn`t work as well as it does in this advert. OCR works very well, but automated translation doesn`t.

It`s good enough to usually give you a bad translation that`s close enough to understand, and that makes it very useful, but it`s not a Star Trek Universal Translator.
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Female 73
doesn`t work on the iPhone 3G :(
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Male 1,598
wow... awesome!
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Female 1,515
I think this is awesome. Cause even though it won`t be perfect translations (in a gramatically sense), and possible every word may not be translated properly if there`s slang/regional words on the sign or whatever you`re trying to read, at least you can get the just of the message, so you`re not completely clueless.
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Male 2,579
The line between easy and lazy grows thinner by the day.
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Male 10,855
hmm... I noticed how they couldn`t rearrange the adjectives and nouns. My opinion is you`ll need to know a little about the language before you can use this app.
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Male 2,344
please...they have device for the last 10 years that can do this...they look like pens and you run them over the text...hell they will even read it outloud to you.

as always apple tries to make something new only to find someone else already did it.
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Male 5,194
Dang.
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Male 198
reguardless of word order rules, you would still get the general idea of what a sign or somethign was trying to tell you.
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Female 2,674
Barrye: Good point man.
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Male 12,138
Cleveeeeer. Though I hope it does a better job than BabelFish...
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Female 1,380
@gorgack2000 I don`t think they speak Spanish in Chinatown....
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Female 723
A problem might arise if the language does not apply the same word order rules, but I have to admit...this is cool.
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Male 7,378
That is awsome!
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Male 126
A tourist walking around waving his phone in the air. Not likely to have it for very long.
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Male 490
Definitely amazing.
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Male 498
that might come in handy when im in spain =)
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Male 4,680
At first I thought "Meh, translator pens have been around for years".

Then I thought about how awesome it would be to go to Chinatown with this. Imagine the possibilities!
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Female 2,525
Amazing!
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Male 2,121
Ooo, I was expecting an iPhone version of Google Goggles. This is so much cooler.
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Male 1,312
That is neat.
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Male 1,547
Link: iPhone Word Translator: There`s An App For That [Rate Link] - This app translates foreign language text for you. The translations are mediocre, but the technology is amazing.
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