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Word Lens enables iPhone users to instantly translate Spanish to English

A new iPhone app, dubbed Word Lens, can take pictures of words in Spanish and instantly translate them into English, and vice versa.

It may sound too good to be true to anybody who has spent time in a restaurant laboring over a menu that's in a language they don't understand, but check out the video above.

Users just point the iPhone’s camera at a menu or sign and ... voilà, the app instantly displays the translation on their iPhone’s screen.

The app was developed by Quest Visual.

Travelers who are worried that the application won't work when they're on vacation in some far-flung locale, need not worry. The company said no Internet connection is needed.

“Results appear immediately on your video screen when you need it, anywhere in the world,” Quest Visual said.

It’s free to download, but that will only get you wordplay demos. If you want the full translation capabilities, it costs $4.99.

At this point, only Spanish to English and English to Spanish are available.

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