Augmented Reality Translation and Wearables: Sit Up and Take Notice

About three years ago on Blogos, I wrote about the Visual Quest Word Lens app. I wrote that “there was a lot more than meets the eye” to the app. I also speculated what could happen if the app offered connectivity and was integrated with other platforms.

Recently, I became a Google Glass Explorer and have now spent some time, er, exploring Word Lens on Google Glass. Something much, much, much more interesting has arrived.

Google Glass and WordLens Apps
Noel Portugal (@noelportugal) of the Oracle Applications User Experience team demonstrates Word Lens AR translation on Google Glass at an Oracle UX  event for Oracle applications partners.

All I can say is “wow!”. I was totally knocked out when using Word Lens this way. But beyond that, now that I have begun to formulate emerging use cases, I’m really excited by more immediate practicalities. An augmented reality (AR) translation app and wearable technology  is a natural fit. This combination offers a lot of value in the enterprise as well as for personal use, perhaps even more so.

So, expect to see a lot more integrations of translation tools and wearable platform options discussed, but also coming to life in code, in 2014. As I also predicted earlier on Blogos, you can also expect wearables to appear on the localization conference circuit from now on. With submissions coming from me, for example.

Watch this space…

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.


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