Sorry for the second post in a row about ABBYY. Just feel like it today. And - don't worry, though I write about these guys a lot, I don't recieve any comission. They just don't do it.
Do you travel a lot?
On my honeymoon in Roma I've been beta-testing one interesting application - ABBYY FotoTranslate. You install it on your phone, then, walking somewhere in the city, see some inscription you need to translate. Take a picture of it on your phone's camera.
Guess what happens next? FotoTranslate recognizes the text and translate it. Solution for lazy people - but who's not lazy ))
Advice: best results with good camera, horisontal text, on contrasting background.
The application supports 8 popular European languages (English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian) and translates words in 30 directions in total.