If you’ve ever traveled abroad, then you know the terror that comes with ordering from a menu that you can’t read. Will you accidentally order the deer penis, with a side of blanched tobacco leaves?
With a smartphone, you could use a translation dictionary to decipher each… and … every … word…. But it’s such a pain that it’s easy to skip it altogether, when pressured by a glowering waiter.
After the fact, it’s easy to wonder why this type of app hasn’t existed before–but then again, perhaps the weakest links were processing power and cell-phone cameras. Better processers finally have the muscle to do image-to-text conversion–the sort you readily find in PDF readers–and better pics now provide the necessary resolution.
According to Eat Me Daily (ahem), there’s still a couple of major bugs: You’ve got to have Internet access of some sort, and there’s still a 10- to 60-second lag in the translation. But as iPhones/smartphones get larger memory stores, we’re thinking this should become a totally offline app sometime soon.
In the meantime, avoid the testicules de moutons.
[Via Eat Me Daily]