Applications that flipaste in their day: Word Lens

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    Today, in our small space to remember applications that fascinated us in the past, we remember one whose functionality is looking magic today: Word Lens, the translator of texts in real-time that surprised us in 2012.

    Word Lens was and is an application with which you could use your phone’s camera to translate text in a visual way, that is overlapped with expertise in the original text mimicking the typography and source. Made us dream of a world with less language barriers but, six years later what was he?

    What was special about it?

    Bienvenidoalfuturo Word Lens it really felt like the future

    Today we are accustomed to functions of identification of images via Google Lens, Bixby Vision and the like, but when the first release saw the light in 2010, the picture of what could and could not do with the mobile was very different. As on so many other occasions, Word Lens coming to Android a lot later than iOS, in 2012.

    In 2012, the most recent version of Android was Jelly Bean, and the flagship latest Samsung was the Galaxy SIII with 1 GB of RAM, Snapdragon 400 and 8-megapixel camera. The power is not wealth precisely in Android phones.

    For all this, an application capable of read text in an image, translate it and project it back in a format that mimics the original image was really revolutionary for the time. The translation was far from perfect, yes, but the result displayed in its context was very ..

    Danger Word Lense in action (image from Wikipedia)

    In summary, Word Lens was of limited utility, but undoubtedly business. If with the limited mobile then I was able to do this, what might we expect in the future after that will refine the technique?

    What has been of Word Lens?

    Google bought Word Lens in 2014 with the intention of integrate your technology into the Google Translator. Effectively, the translator of Google included the translation from the camera a year later, with support for 20 languages and free of charge. Word Lens was traditionally payment was needed to pay for each language pack) but since Google bought the packages in the official application became free.

    The original application is still available in Google Play, although not updated since 2014. Nothing prevents you from installing it today, although it seems that does not just work as expected in a mobile present.

    Taking into account that the version on Google Play has four years, is in some ways a miracle that it works at some degree, but it does… more or less. You can choose any package of languages, which are still free, and point to a text to translate it, although in my case the result is a black screen where they overlap the translations full of glitches. Has not aged well Word Lens.

    Wordlens2018 Word Lens in 2018

    The original application is in limbo, but his technology lives on in Google Translator. Here are usually embodied from three years ago in the icon of the camera of the Google translator. Support for other languages remains limited, but has increased in this time. The functioning and accuracy, however, has hardly changed.

    Translator The days of the week: Sun, Mon, Seller Verified, Wed, Thurs, Seller and Verified, and Sat (left) and games of “PFA” (right)

    Since Word Lens is integrated into the Translator of Google, is the technology has barely changed. The translation remains fairly stable, unstable, something slow and too literal. While six years ago, Word Lens was “well, then,” today when other similar technologies surround us such as ARCore or Google Lens, the implementation in the translator of Google, we know little.

    what Still makes sense today?

    The promise of Word Lens is still as valid today as it was in 2010. Who doesn’t want a magic technology to translate texts in context and in real-time? In all this time have been born several similar applications, but no for now it seems to improve more than what we already had done a five-year period.

    The video presentation of Word Lens still interesting today, and although one would expect that by now we would have a better translation, more fluid and with better integration in the context by the artificial intelligence that we are trying to sell, the reality is not so.

    Word Lens as such has been absorbed by the translator of Google so we can’t expect new features or improvements thereon, but an app that did the same thing, but better, it would make all the sense in the world in 2018.

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    The news Applications that flipaste in your day: Word Lens was originally published in Xataka Android by Ivan Ramirez .

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    March 30, 2018

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