app talk: Word Lens

With school letting out and the summer travel season upon us, many people will be traveling abroad.  Why not put your phone to use for more than just social media.  What you didn’t learn this year in that Spanish or French language class, you can rely on your phone to help you with.  If you’re out of the country and need to use the public transit system, but you don’t understand the signs, here’s the app to help.  Word Lens can translate in real time between English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Word Lens works by using the camera on your smart phone to analysis a word and then instantly translates it before your very eyes.  First pick your language, for example French to English, align your word within the designated area and watch it magically go to work.  Word Lens works best on fairly large, clearly printed texts, such as that on street signs or possibly menus.  It won’t work well with handwritten or fancy scripted text.  I love this app and when you’re in a bind and need a quick translation, it’s worth a try.  I must say, it isn’t perfect by any means, but it’s better than nothing.  There may be words it can’t translate or it may give you more than one option as a possible translation, but either way it’s a cool app.

Word Lens also provides you the ability to look up words by typing them in and it will search for various meanings. It also allows you to turn on your camera light/flash when extra light is needed and the ability to zoom in when your image isn’t close enough to read.  I highly recommend giving it a try, it’s available in both the Android and IOS markets.

Word Lens example