the coolest app i’ve seen all week

World Lens is a smartphone app that translates different languages in real-time using your phone’s built-in camera. It doesn’t work on text that is too small or highly stylized text but hey! If you’re a world traveller, it’s a handy app to have around.

Courtesy: Quest Visual

Credit: Quest Visual

Google’s just bought up the app and is offering it for free so I suggest you get on that. There’s usually a charge for each of the in-app language packs, but they’re all free to download right now so why not?

I just tested this on a sign that said “four pigs in a blanket” – don’t ask, long story – and it accurately translated it into French. Awesome, right?

You can read more about the app on TechRepublic over here. iPhone users can download World Lens in the App Store, and Android users can download it in the Google Play Store.