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Quest Visual introduced its augmented reality Word Lens app in 2010 , and  it’s now owned by Google(s goog). The small company was acquired by the search giant on Friday,  according to Quest Visual’s site , and its technology will be brought “ into Google Translate’s broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future,” notes Engadget.

Word Lens has wowed me for these last four years. It was first available on the iPhone(s aapl) and later came to both Google Android and, more recently, Google Glass.

word lens glass

The software visually detects words seen by the camera of a smartphone, tablet or wearable computer like Glass and translates them in near real-time. Your eyes might see a sign in Spanish, for example, but Word Lens can show those same words in English or any number of other languages.

Can’t quite visualize that scenario? Here’s a look at both the app…

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