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Does Your Android Wear Goggles?

Phones That Can See, Read, and Translate (aka “My Phone Is Smarter Than Me”.)

Here’s how it works:
* Point your phone at a word or phrase. Use the region of interest button to draw a box around specific words
* Press the shutter button
* If Goggles recognizes the text, it will give you the option to translate
* Press the translate button to select the source and destination languages.

Wow. Could I have uses that French class.

JBondWhat am I talking about? Google Goggles is an “mobile app” that combines OCR (optical character recognition) with Google’s ability to translate languages — which gives your phone’s camera the ability to read French (for example), and tell you what that item on the menu is (for example).

Is this something out of James Bond fiction? Nope. Just another example of The Future Is Here Now.

Google Goggles (currently) requires Android 1.6, and “can read English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and can translate to many more languages.” To find out more, see, Official Google Mobile Blog: Translate the real world with Google Goggles.

… eventually, we will all be wearing OCR cameras (maybe built into eyeglasses), and have Wi Fi/4G wireless transponders (woven into our clothes?), and have chips in our brain which contain dictionaries of all known languages… and using a phone to translate a foreign language sentence will seem quaint. Like Atari’s Pong.
But that’s probably 20 years off. In the meantime, there’s Google Goggles.


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  1. TechPaul,

    It just never ceases to amaze me with the technology that is being used with these phones. I really do think the PC, as we know it, will be impacted by these computers in our pockets… Just amazing…



    Comment by Ramblinrick | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. Rick,
    There can be little doubt that the Personal Computer is a rapidly evolving (mutating) creature; and that the large box under our desk running Windows will one day look to us much the same as when we look back on the giant reel-to-reel (with punch cards!) machines.

    Some argue that we have reached (or very shortly will reach)the limits of Moore’s Law for this kind of hardware — CPU architecture, RAM, the platters in our HHD’s…

    Some argue that technology is changing too rapidly, and we humans aren’t keeping up.
    (And that’s true. Our fingers remain large and clumsy, and we seem to prefer our screens to be at least 4″.)

    I don’t know about any of that. All I know is: if you want to see tomorrow’s technology, just look at Star Trek. And I mean even the Captain Kirk (1968) TV version.


    Comment by techpaul | May 8, 2010 | Reply

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