Google just purchased Word Lens – an iOS and Android app that lets you point your camera at signs, and view the translation right in the image. No internet connection is needed! Includes databases to translate to/from English for French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Russian.
Here’s an article about the app, with some screen shots of the translations.
During the transition, Word Lens is offering the app for free for a limited time. I downloaded it and tried it out – it worked great! Get it while you can.
And for those who aren’t interested in the geeky stuff, here’s some eye candy. My newest orchid: Lc. Star Parade ‘Volcano Queen’. (One of the best things about having a nearby Trader Joe’s are the flowers – both cut and potted.) I’ve never had a cattleya orchid before. Hopefully I won’t kill it.