A fine way to harness your phones camera to snap and then translate up to 175,000 words from French to English.
ABBYY FotoTranslate Review
by on March 17, 2010
This app costs £6 but is pretty darn clever, using the camera on your Nokia to translate words from French to English.
It takes full advantage of ABBYY’s optical character recognition (OCR) technology for converting images of words into text and then converting them via a mobile dictionary – which is included.
The French to English app includes the Concise Oxford Hachette French Dictionary with 175,000 headwords and phrases. The included dictionary means you don’t even need to have an internet connection or cellular signal to use the translation engine.
Other versions are also available direct from ABBYY but bizarrely not from the Ovi Store – English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
At the ABBYY site each version costs six Euros, which seems a reasonable price to us for such workable and handy tech. Cunningly, if a part of the photographed word is out of the picture, FotoTranslate will automatically offer a range of variants with similar spelling to choose from.
Google demonstrated a similar technology at this year’s Mobile World Congress, so we could see camera to text recognition tech being a lot more widespread very soon.
Buy this app: Download the ABBYY FotoTranslate app now
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