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Google Acquires Quest Visual, Makers of Word Lens

The latest acquisition to take place down in Silicon Valley is the snatch up of Quest Visual, the makers of Word Lens, by Google for an unknown price. The Quest Visual team will join Google to help build the current Word Lens engine into Google Translate, further helping citizens of Earth to read signs not in their mother tongue. 

With Word Lens, users can snap a photo of a sign that is in a different language, then have it translated onto the same sign. For example, if a stop sign over in Germany is being seen by an English-speaking American, they can snap a photo, then the app will display “Stop” on the sign. That is a very generic example, and the app is much more comprehensive than only single-word signs.

To celebrate, the Word Lens app is now free to download for a limited time on Android, Google Glass, and iOS.

Have at it.

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Via: Quest Visual
  • michael arazan

    Love using Google Goggles to take pictures of other languages and it translates the picture using G-Translate. It even tells you what language it is when you don’t know what to translate from.

  • John Davids

    Saw this coming a mile away. Google Glass iteration can do it live, no photo and post-processing required. Word Lens has actually been on Glass for some time now, tried it out around Christmas time..”yep, Google is buying these folks.” The reason this was purchased was 100% due to integrating it into Glass.

  • Pedro

    Immediately downloaded.
    I remember a business trip to Germany more than a few years ago, where I was warned not to park where you shouldn’t. And then, the signs were all blue, with writing. Hmm, should I park here? A no data, quick translating app is just damn sure worth buying. Now that Google wants to give it away, you bet!

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