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From TechCrunch, "The iPhone app, which hit iTunes last night, is the culmination of 2 1/2 years of work from founders Otavio Good and John DeWeese. The paid app, which currently offers only English to Spanish and Spanish to English translation for $4.99, uses Optical Character Recognition technology to execute something which might as well be magic. This is what the future, literally, looks like.
Founder Good explains the appâ€™s process simply, 'It tries to find out what the letters are and then looks in the dictionary. Then it draws the words back on the screen in translation.' Right now the app is mostly word for word translation, useful if youâ€™re looking to get the gist of something like a dish on a menu or what a road sign says."
- 12/19/11 -techcrunch.com
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