Google Goggles—the fun-to-say visual search app—now includes a point-and-click translation tool that’ll take a lot of the guesswork out of your next overseas vacation. It’s like having a little multilinguist living in your phone.
It also looks stupid simple to use: just point your phone at a word or phrase, press the shutter button,
and you’ll be given the option to translate it. The app’s also smart enough that it’ll automatically detect the source language for you, in case one morning you wake up in a country you don’t recognize.
What’s it good for? Menus, street signs, notes furtively slipped to you over a cappucino atLes Deux Magots. And as much as I fear this takes some of the adventure out of being a stranger in a strange land, there’s definitely value in knowing that a three cheese puff salad is staring you right in the face.