Monday, 28 January 2013

This Pen Translates While You Read

Learning a new language comes with its difficulties, but three designers are looking to put translations right at your fingertips.

The Ivy Guide, a device that fits over pens and pencils, scans words and projects its translation directly onto the document. Check out the video.



The scanner tip adjusts to any writing tool with a flexible sponge, and while pressing the translating button, readers can underline text. The word is then projected in the chosen language, and cleared by pressing again. The scanner connects to a USB for easy charging.

Designers Shi Jian, Sun Jiahao and Li Ke say the Ivy Guide will keep users in the habit of making marks and also create a continuous reading experience.

Though the device is currently in its concept stage, its creators hope to do away with the experience of heavy dictionaries or bulkier electronics.

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