To many people, augmented reality (AR) is still a science fiction-like concept; Something they´ve seen in the movies. Objects can be seemingly conjured out of thin air, while overlapping and interacting with the reality that is recognized by a portable device’s camera or GPS-system. Google’s wearable augmented reality glasses can be used for instant navigation, while some smartphone apps could be of great importance while fighting crime. What would superheroes use? Today: Cypher.
How cool would it be to be able to speak and understand all languages? Marvel Comics’ Cypher (alter ego: Douglas Ramsey), member of the New Mutants, is blessed with this skill. Because of his “active psionic translation field”, he intuitively translates any languages he comes into contact with.
Real life technology isn’t quit there yet, but there are some nice “instant translation” apps which are already available. Word Lens, for example, enables you to translate texts with the help of a camera lens. Just scan the word or sentence you would like to translate, and on your mobile device it will appear in the language of your choosing. Founder Otavo Good explains the app’s process simply, “It tries to find out what the letters are and then looks in the dictionary. Then it draws the words back on the screen in translation.” Word Lens currently enables you to translate French, Spanish and Italian words into English (or the other way around). What’s also convenient: your device does not have to be connected to the network in order to function.
Does this mean you can now read One Hundred Years of Solitude in its original language? No. The app is more suitable for translating menus or road signs. “The translation isn’t perfect, but it gets the point across,” says Good.
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Source: The Verge