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someone just sent me it
It's real. Already downloaded it. It's incredible (but not without flaws). Whoever made it's going to be a fucking millionaire.
I find it really hard to believe that it works, that's crazy!
The actual 'shell' of the app is free, English to Spanish and Spanish to English are the only language packs available at the moment and are both £2.99 as in-app purchases.
The technology is already there, somebody has just combined them. I'm guessing one of the flaws that wisdom is talking about is that sometimes the translation is rubbish, just like you get with online translators.
From 2008: http://www.gizmag.com/shoot-to-translate-killer-mobile-phone-app-for-travellers/9118/
But it's quite neat that they seem to have made it realtime (almost instant in video mode) rather than static (photo, translate, view).
And yeah, I'm slightly sceptical until I see it in action. Those QR code barcode squares aren't exactly foolproof, much less the text scanner on my phone.
Still pretty swish though.
then why are online translation engines often so very poor?
Seems to be: