Google purchased Quest Visual on November 19, 2013. Quest Visual is known for developing Word Lens. Word Lens permits an owner to snap a picture of printed text on Apple’s iPhone, iPod, and iPad as well as for a selection of Android smartphones and Google Glass to have it translated into another language utilizing optical character recognition technology. For a limited time only it is a free download at questvisual.com. Word Lens will translate between the following languages: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian and French. Google will expand the language banks in the future. The translation is immediate and it does not require internet access. Word Lens is not designed to translate handwritten or stylized fonts.
Google Acquires Quest Visual and its (Awesome) Word Lens Translating App, by David Murphy, PC Magazine, May 17, 2014
Say what? Word Lens translation app is easy and free (for now), by Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2014
Google buys the maker of Word Lens, the augmented reality translation app, by Ron Amadeo, ars technical, May 16 2014
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