This is very, very futurey.
Yeah, the demo had a really hard time maintaining word recognition, so the substitution was annoyingly flickery. And the translation is word-by-word dictionary lookup, so it's going to completely fail on anything idiomatic. And god damn, do I sound like a whiny entitled bitch or what, complaining about stuff like that when the basic concept is so awesome!
(hi, i'm one of the word lens creators)
Hehe, np, it goes without saying that as pixel monkey game developers, we are very aware of the depth and scope of the flaws and exceptions here. It's a hard problem, to say the least. We released this because we think it finally got over the tough hill of being useful. And we are stoked about improving the quality bit by bit.
Thanks for the link, enjoy :)
Really, it should just replace all blocks of text with CONSUME or OBEY.
I would absolutely pay five bucks for that plugin.
That would kick ass!
... because it's all out of bubble gum
You should come up to the financial district and say hi, would be fun to chat about where this tech goes next. :)
My first thought was sign readers for the blind (synthesized voice to the audio out). After that, parsing the whole scene and describing it for the blind.
I just tried it out, reading txt on my ipad. Holy crap, we're living in the future!
whoaaaaaaaaa! Shut the Front Door!
J->E would be much harder, given that it appears to be working with a static word-by-word dictionary.
Smartphone Chinese Dictionary Pleco already has an OCR Plugin. Video a demo.
Also a primitive J->E image dictionary - Japan Goggles http://www.lucsens.com/japan-goggles-live-on-app-store/
Word Lens is way cool, but I am still more blown away by the iPhone app Shazam which tells you what song you are listening to
Shazam is very cool indeed, until one realizes that folks in Europe have been doing that same thing for a very, very long time -- and without smartphones, to boot.
One would just call a phone number, hold the phone up to the source of the music-to-be-identified, and a short while later the service would deliver an SMS message with the details of the track.
It was non-free, of course, as phone calls over there typically are/were, but as I understand it worked just fine. (Then again, Shazam is mostly non-free these days, too, unless you're someone like me that has a grandfathered-in Android device...)
Really want that Word Lens app!.... also really want a new ipod touch...
Sadly, the spanish generated is pure crap.