Over the last few years, we have seen a number of apps which let you snap shots of a foreign text with a smartphone or tablet and then translate it to whatever language you prefer. This functionality has finally landed on Google Glass, thanks to the Word Lens team.
This is how the magic works: while you are wearing Google Glass, look at a sign you want translated and say ‘Okay Google, translate this.‘ Glass will not only translate the sign into a language of your preference but will also display the translated text so that you will be able to see it right next to the original sign. Even the font and color of the translated text is tweaked to match with your view.
This has been made possible with the new Word Lens app. The app has already been available on Android and iPhone and although Google Glass has a very small audience, World Lens team has worked with Google to bring the app to Glass users.
According to Google, the app works great with Helvetica and other plain fonts on Google Glass. It works in real time but makes use of 10,000 words per selected language, available in the local storage of the device. This way, if you are not connected at all times, you are still able to get translations on the go.
Although a mere 10,000 or so people currently have Google Glass, the gadget shows a lot of promise. It is good to see the popular apps arrive on it. The best thing about the Word Lens app for Glass is that it is more or less the same as the Android Word Lens app, with only a few minor tweaks.
Courtesy: All Things D