Google acquires Quest Visual, Camera-Based Translation App

Quest Visual initial debuted its app, Word Lens, back in 2010 and it was received to a very warm welcome.  Today Quest Visual announced that they have been acquired by Google.

Through the acquisition, Google will now have access to all of Quest Visual’s technology, and will seek to incorporate Google Translate into future endeavors.  While past app offerings from Quest Visual will likely cease to be supported, the company is offering their apps with all language packs for free on Google Glass, Google Play and Apple’s App Store for a limited period of time.

Google likely is looking at using the technology to advance the technology of all of its mobile apps, rather than just targeting the functionality of the technology on Google Glass.  Google has confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch and see the opportunities Quest Visual brings as an asset to their own Translate team.


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