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Date: 12/17/10 09:26 AM

45 Responses to iPhone Word Translator: There`s An App For That

  1. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    December 17, 2010 at 9:29 am
    Link: iPhone Word Translator: There`s An App For That - This app translates foreign language text for you. The translations are mediocre, but the technology is amazing.
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    Pheeshy5 Male 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 9:38 am
    That is neat.
  3. Profile photo of danthew
    danthew Male 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 9:50 am
    Ooo, I was expecting an iPhone version of Google Goggles. This is so much cooler.
  4. Profile photo of zombunny
    zombunny Female 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 9:53 am
    Amazing!
  5. Profile photo of gorgack2000
    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    December 17, 2010 at 9:59 am
    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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    Gentle-Tramp Male 13-17
    498 posts
    December 17, 2010 at 10:01 am
    that might come in handy when im in spain =)
  7. Profile photo of hwkiller
    hwkiller Male 18-29
    490 posts
    December 17, 2010 at 10:13 am
    Definitely amazing.
  8. Profile photo of Barrye
    Barrye Male 18-29
    127 posts
    December 17, 2010 at 10:13 am
    A tourist walking around waving his phone in the air. Not likely to have it for very long.
  9. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    December 17, 2010 at 10:26 am
    That is awsome!
  10. Profile photo of LTimeLurker
    LTimeLurker Female 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 10:47 am
    A problem might arise if the language does not apply the same word order rules, but I have to admit...this is cool.
  11. Profile photo of JUGGALETTEx0
    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 10:49 am
    @gorgack2000 I don`t think they speak Spanish in Chinatown....
  12. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    December 17, 2010 at 10:52 am
    Cleveeeeer. Though I hope it does a better job than BabelFish...
  13. Profile photo of DixxyRarr
    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 11:20 am
    Barrye: Good point man.
  14. Profile photo of MadhatterVTR
    MadhatterVTR Male 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 11:32 am
    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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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    December 17, 2010 at 11:59 am
    Dang.
  16. Profile photo of jamie76
    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    December 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    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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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    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.
  18. Profile photo of Agent00Smith
    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    The line between easy and lazy grows thinner by the day.
  19. Profile photo of inaria
    inaria Female 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    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.
  20. Profile photo of D3rAnG3d
    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm
    wow... awesome!
  21. Profile photo of naturalblue
    naturalblue Female 30-39
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    December 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    doesn`t work on the iPhone 3G :(
  22. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    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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    Little-Red Female 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    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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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    December 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    Lmao, so funny the Spanish looks so silly because is written following the English grammar rules
  25. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    December 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    And it`s free!
  26. Profile photo of TysonRP
    TysonRP Male 13-17
    312 posts
    December 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    Ladies and gentlemen... THE FUTURE!
  27. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    December 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    This is awesome. I hope a version of it comes out for Android soon.
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    December 17, 2010 at 8:43 pm
    This is awesome. I hope a version of it comes out for Android soon.
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    DFWBrysco Male 40-49
    307 posts
    December 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    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.
  30. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    December 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    OCR/automated translation is way old and nothing exciting.


    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.
  31. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm
    This is awesome. I hope a version of it comes out for Android soon.

    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.
  32. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm
    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.

    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:

    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.

    Wrong, but usable.
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    December 18, 2010 at 1:18 am
    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?
  34. Profile photo of AfroAussie
    AfroAussie Male 18-29
    73 posts
    December 18, 2010 at 4:06 am
    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
  35. Profile photo of SvampeBob
    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    December 18, 2010 at 6:00 am
    pretty sweet!
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    durdikkimeng Male 50-59
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    December 18, 2010 at 9:21 am
    Very funny. How`s it go? You can fool some of the people..............
  37. Profile photo of MauserTM
    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    December 18, 2010 at 11:40 am
    Nice concept, but wrong translations
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    Electrology Male 18-29
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    December 18, 2010 at 11:41 am
    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.
  39. Profile photo of untiedshoes6
    untiedshoes6 Female 18-29
    57 posts
    December 18, 2010 at 11:55 am
    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.
  40. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    December 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    This is absolutly brilliant! There was a crude version of this that morror imaged words, but they have owned this one!
  41. Profile photo of SmilinSam
    SmilinSam Female 18-29
    3599 posts
    December 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    really effing cool. now if only i had an iphone....
  42. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 19, 2010 at 7:42 am
    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

    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.
  43. Profile photo of smithno13
    smithno13 Male 18-29
    252 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm
    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.
  44. Profile photo of Abandonnez
    Abandonnez Male 18-29
    229 posts
    December 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm
    If only I had an iPhone, this app will be amazing.
  45. Profile photo of Random3
    Random3 Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2011 at 10:52 am
    This is awesome.. But I only have a 2nd gen. iPod touch, so no camera. :/

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