Maxis10: Google Goggles on HTC Desire Z Helps the Illiterate People

Ok, the title may have a bad ring to it, but yeah, we are illiterate when it comes to foreign language.

Fret not, Google Goggles is here to save you!

What it does is, it translates German, Italian, French, Spanish to other languages using the Google Goggles Lab’s in a less professional way than any translation company would do, but still quite efficient. Personally, it’s an extension of Google Translate using image processing to capture text and turn it to an understandable language. (I did image processing when I was studying, it was petrifying, don’t do it!)

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Upon launching the application, it will tell you what you can and can’t do. Funny they mentioned it won’t work on pets. LoL

Maxis10: Google Goggles on HTC Desire Z Helps the Illiterate People

It scans through the text, finding patterns of scripture. It somewhat felt like The National Treasure played by Nicholas Cage.

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There you have it, a translation of German language. Pretty snappy tool huh? The best place to use is when you’re in Europe, especially in France, to avoid ordering *Escargot when you actually want French toast.

Another test, let’s try a lotion.

Maxis10: Google Goggles on HTC Desire Z Helps the Illiterate People

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I translated “Fruit of the Earth” to Malay, Buah Bumi! Accurate enough 🙂

Last one, trying a Monument.

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It shows what’s the name of the building. Pretty impressive if you’re outdoor.

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Click “Map” you will be prompt to choose what app you want to use.

Maxis10: Google Goggles on HTC Desire Z Helps the Illiterate People

It pinpoints where exactly it’s located. Smart eh?

The Pros

  1. It’s a very nifty tool for travelling.
  2. Very straight forward to use.
  3. Almost accurate, depending on camera/picture.
  4. Helpful for Muslim, to know the content when shopping
  5. Cool factor, but leaning towards geeky.

The Cons

  1. Does not support cryptic language like Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu etc.
  2. Needs internet connection which can be expensive for roaming.
  3. Does not recognize paragraph.
  4. Depends on your camera, if it’s ok, then it’ll work like charm.
  5. Can be slow using earlier generation Android phones.

All in all, you should try it. If it’s not up to your taste, uninstall it.

ps: Will show loading of HTC Desire Z compared with Samsung Galaxy S!

pss: This is the 10th post! I will set the new record for #Maxis10 LoL

NoktahHitam

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. damn to fast..im not following u la.. haha.. =p

  2. pergh best ni google goggles terkesima gak la aku tgok function dia hohoho

    p/s: baru tau wujudnya perkataan “fred not” haha selama ni dengar dalam tv ingatkan dia sebut afraid not =.=”

  3. The Goggle implementation here seemed way sweeter than what I’ve seen before. Thanks for pointing it out! It was definitely designed for the discerning travellers!

  4. It’s fret, fret maksud die risau.

    Goggles tu bole lah. Kalau travelling mmg best pakai.

  5. Have you seen the older generation one?

  6. nampaknya kau dah menghampiri rekod terbanyak #maxis10 tu…hehe

  7. Ade gaye jugaklah! Teruje siot pakai HTC Desire Z ni.

  8. bateri dia agak nyawa pendek kan? huhuhu

  9. needs internet connection tu yg buat tak best nanti

  10. Sangat pendek! Tp kalau tak online sgt, die bole tahan la

  11. It’s the era of internet my friend, embrace it. LOL

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