A Great Travel Companion

There are many little apps for the iPhone that come in very handy for traveling, but this one really caught me by surprise!  The app translates printed text on the fly in real time.  It substitutes the words it sees in print with the translation.  It’s rather remarkable, really—a new breed of language dictionary is born.

Check out Word Lens at the iTunes Store.  It’s advertised as free and then works in demo mode.  You must purchase translation “modules” which are $4.99 and currently limited to English to Spanish and Spanish to English.  It really works!  I’m assuming other language modules will be released.