Google Translate camera makes it super easy to translate text from an image

Google translate app
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Since camera and AI technology have advanced so much, translating between languages has become a whole lot easier. Whereas once you would have to translate word for word and try and make sense of the right tense, these days all you need to do is take a photo using the Google Translate app and voilà, entire chunks of text can be translated into your language.

The other day I was flicking through my friend's copy of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and noticed the epigraph is written in French. Not only did I find it surprising as the rest of the book is in English, but I was also very curious as to what it meant. Despite studying the language for cinq ans (5 years), my ability to translate French to English is pretty nonexistent, I can pick out a few basic words like 'with' and 'good' but that's about it. Luckily for me, Google Translate made it super easy to decipher what it meant using the in-app camera to scan the text.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.