Real-time Chinese text translation coming to iPhone Pleco Dictionary

I’m in a split mind over whether this would have a positive or negative effect on learning Chinese. If you came to overly rely on it, you’d never have an incentive to actually learn the characters, while on the other hand, it would be extremely useful for  checking words when time is of the essence. Either way, this is an killer feature:

From Engadget:

Pleco 2.2, however, is one of the first apps we’ve seen that can translate text in real time using the live image presented on your phone’s camera display. The new feature, targeted for release in September, requires iOS 4 and should work with either the iPhone 4 or older 3GS.

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