CamLingual, The Camera Translation Application

By Matt Bramowicz on October 18th, 2011

CamLingual, the Apple application available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices lets you translate any writing, simply by taking a picture of it.

CamLingual detects text from pictures using an online OCR service, and translates it using an online translation service.  You can either take photos from the camera or choose a picture from your device’s photo album to translate instantly.

Currently, the application can translate 28 different input languages, including: Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

The 52 different output languages include: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese_simplified, Chinese_traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yiddish.

Ideal for anyone traveling in another country, this application makes it easy to translate street signs, building signs, text on maps or instructions, etc.  All you need is a steady hand to ensure a clear photo, and the application will take care of the rest.

Right now, the app is free.  However, since the Google Translate API will no longer be free after December, and since the OCR service is not free, the app may not be free for much longer.

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