Google Goggles is an amazing mobile app which lets you search with your camera. From image search, text recognition, bar code scanner and even solving Sudoku puzzles, each release of Goggles has been fascinating.
This time around with version 1.4, they have added a couple of new features. Firstly, you can share your Goggles search results with your friends through Android’s share function. Since Google Goggle search relies on recognition, now it even allows you to suggest results for the not so accurate results. To do so, just rate the results at the bottom of the screen and you’ll be prompted to suggest a better answer. With this new input, Google will collect such data to improve its search results.
Another new feature is the business card recognition ability. By snapping a picture of a name card, Goggles will try to identify the various personal contact details and allows you to call or email the person directly or save it as a contact. We tried this feature and like any new innovations, it doesn’t really work accurately with the various business card designs out there.
Google Goggles 1.4 for Android is available for Android 1.6 and above. To download or update, head to the Android Market link here.
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If you have problems mastering or translating the Chinese language, there’s finally an app for that! Pleco Chinese Dictionary is probably the best Chinese translation app we’ve seen for the iPhone. Not only it does the normal Chinese text to English conversion but it even has an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature.
This comes pretty handy especially when translating a Chinese word which you can’t really type. Just face your camera, select the area of the text and Pleco will translate the text based on image recognition. Unlike Google Goggle’s feature of snapping a picture, Pleco seems to be able to recognise and translate on the fly.
Pleco Chinese Dictionary can be downloaded via iTunes.
Check out the demo video after the break
Pleco, the makers of the Pleco Chinese Dictionary, now available for free in the the App Store, will be introducing a new feature that utilises the camera on the iPhone and some nifty optical character recognition software to read and translate Chinese characters on printed text in real-time.
Pretty nifty if you’re going to China a lot to get your fix of cheap gadgets and gadget parts.
Check out the video demo after the jump.