Translate the World with Google Glass

I’m sure most of us wish to travel to another country at some point, and maybe even to one with a different language. The thing is that there are a lot of worries when it comes to travelling to a place that speaks another language. How are you going to get food? How will you understand signs? How will you read advertisements? And, a bunch of other problems that come with having a language barrier.

Well, if you have a pair of Google Glass, then you will no longer have these problems. Thanks to an app for Google Glass called “Word Lens” you can look up at a sign and it will be translated into your own language in real-time. And, honestly it seems pretty magical in the way that it works. The translated text appears on your Glass screen with the same background color, and the same font as the original sign.

The Word Lens app works in real-time, but it also accesses local storage. Word Lens accesses a dictionary of about 10,00 words in each language, so users can get translations even if they are travelling without a data plan.

Word Lens was built with the Glass Developers kit, which was released a few weeks ago. The Glass Developer kit that was used to build Word Lens is a major improvement from the original Glass API, which helped with sharing and notifications. The new tools also give developers access to the hardware as well as real-time and offline capabilities.


It’s amazing how these developers can remake an app so beautifully for another device in so little amount of time. But from what I understand, the development of the app for Glass was so fast because building for Android and building for Glass is pretty much the same. So, the Word Lens team pretty much just had to change the interface of the original app and get it to work with glass.

While Word Lens has been out for Android devices for a while, it’s nice to see it “ported” over to a device like Glass. I think that it will help a lot of people out and maybe calm some of the anxiety that comes with going to a country that speaks another language. Glass owners, would you ever find yourself using such an app?