Google Translate Now Translates Pictures

Aug 10, 2012 • 8:34 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google TranslateGoogle announced they closed the loop on features for Google Translate by adding in a Google Goggles feature to the Translate App.

You can now take a picture of something, brush your finger over the words in the picture that you want to translate and Google will use OCR technology to convert the words in the picture to character and then translate them. You can even have Google speak them in either language if you wanted.

It is available on the Google Android Translate App. Here is how Google describes it:

To use our new camera feature, push the camera button, point at some text, tap to freeze the picture, brush the part you want with your finger, et voila -- enjoy your machine translation. As usual, you can click the text-to-speech icons to listen to the source text or the translated text. We currently support optical character recognition for Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish, and we’re also working hard to get more languages on the list.

Here are pictures:

Google Translate Picture

Google Translate Picture

Google Translate Picture

Google Translate Picture

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Allen White

08/10/2012 12:46 pm

If they can do this then im wondering if they can read pictograms on websites for indexing

Praveen Sharma

08/10/2012 12:48 pm

That's cool. Translating text in content was quite easy as many tools are available for that, but translating text in images is something great help Google has come out with.


08/10/2012 10:34 pm

I am hoping they will do some east Asian languages, like Japanese—their character drawing feature is really helpful, but it takes me forever to translate these things because I can't simply type them.

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