Word Lens for iPhone Translates Text on the Fly

| Product News

Quest Visual’s Word Lens hit the App Store on Thursday bringing with it the ability to use the iPhone’s built-in camera to capture text and translate it into a different language. The app translates text in real time, and doesn’t require an Internet connection to work.

Word Lens uses the video camera feature in the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod touch and supports translating printed text. Translated text appears in place of the original text in captured images.

Translate text with Word Lens

So far, English to Spanish and Spanish to English translation packs are available, but the company says more are on the way. To give users an idea of how the app works, Word Lens includes Erase Words and Reverse Words options.

World Lens is free, and is available at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store. Translation packs are priced at US$4.99 each.

Popular TMO Stories



This is just the coolest app I’ve seen.
I just checked and it is also compatible with iPod Touch, 4th Gen.


Not so cool when you try it and find it doesn’t work as advertised though.


Yeah that’s always the issue with demo videos.


Those are clearly two different photos, not the same photo with different text. The sign is at a different angle, and it’s aligned very differently with the brick pattern on the ground in the two photos.

Edit: Maybe I misunderstood the intent. The article says video camera, so maybe it’s supposed to do it live. That would explain the discrepancy.

Log in to comment (TMO, Twitter or Facebook) or Register for a TMO account