Word Lens is a new augmented reality app for iOS devices that instantly translates printed words from one language to another in real time using the camera on your iPhone. You can point your camera lens at a sign that’s written in Spanish and it will immediately provide an English translation. Word Lens uses text recognition technology to work out what the word or phrase is, then translates it into the new language using automatic translation software and at blistering speed. The translation is even pasted over the original location making it even more impressive.

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Of course not every phrase is translated perfectly, since there are differences in languages meaning some words are not grammatically correct but the speed and accuracy of the app’s software is excellent, meaning it should have no trouble translating simple road signs, restaurant menus or anything similar you encounter on your travels.

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The app itself is free, with demo options to reverses any word it detect, and to erase the words completely, but the Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation services are $4.99 / £2.99 each via an in app purchase. More languages are expected to be added soon, with word from the developer suggesting plans to incorporate all major European languages starting with French.

Check it out in action in the video embedded below:

This app is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod touch (4th generation) and requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Download Word Lens for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch [iTunes Link]

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