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Nov 1, 2010 06:14 PM

Google Goggles Menu Translator?

I've only recently heard about the Goggle Goggles application for iphone or android phones. It is designed to allow you to do web searches just by taking a picture with your phone's camera.

An added benefit is that it supposedly can translate foreign menus.
From what I understand, you just take a picture with your phone of a foreign phrase, and it translates for you. You don't have to do any typing.

If it works as advertised, it would have come in very handy on some recent trips abroad, especially in Asia. It's one thing to type Roman characters into your pocket translator in, say, Germany. It's something else entirely if you're in Russia or China or Egypt, where they use different scripts.

Anyone have any experience with this app?

(And is there anything else out there remotely like this?)

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  1. Just watched a piece on CNN about a similar app called "Word Lens" for the iphone.

    It occurs to me that one reason no one has responded to this thread is that apps like this would be most useful (for those of us in the US anyway) if you are using a smartphone while traveling internationally, yet the problem is that turning on your smartphone for internet access is prohibitively expensive at present. I for one don't use a smartphone when I am outside the US because I can't afford it.

    When telecom roaming/internet prices come down, assuming they ever do, or if the apps' dictionaries and algorithms are all self-contained within the smartphone's memory, then these apps might become a real boon.

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    1. re: racer x

      My understanding on word lens is that you don't need to be connected for it to work, so no roaming charges. It seems like a very useful app but of course I don't know how well it actually works.