Quest Visual

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Quest Visual, Inc.
Private
Industry Translation software
Founded 2009 (2009)[1]
Founder Otavio Good[1]
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Number of locations
1 office
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Otavio Good
(Programmer and CEO)
John DeWeese
Eric Park
Bryan Lin

Maia Good
(Software engineers)
Products Word Lens
Number of employees
4 (2014)
Website QuestVisual.com

Quest Visual, Inc. was an American private company that developed an augmented reality translation software Word Lens.[1] In May 2014, the company was acquired by Google, Inc.[2][3][4]

Company[edit]

Quest Visual was founded by a former video game developer Otavio Good[5][6][7] in 2009.[1] At the time of acquisition the company had 4 full-time employees, Otavio Good, John DeWeese, Bryan Lin, and Eric Park, as well as a contractor, Maia Good.[7] The details of the acquisition have not been released.[2][3][4][8]

Products[edit]

Main article: Word Lens

Quest Visual's first product Word Lens 1.0 was released on December 16, 2010,[5] and is currently available as Word Lens 2.2.3[9] for Apple's iPhone, iPod, and iPad through iTunes,[9] as well as for a selection of Android smartphones through Google Play.[10] At Google's unveiling of its Glass Development Kit in November 2013, translation capabilities of Word Lens were also demonstrated on Google Glass.[11][12][13][14] According to the January 2014 New York Times article, Word Lens is currently free for Google Glass.[15] Moreover, following acquisition Google made all Word Lens language packs freely available for a "limited time".[3][4][8][8][16][17] Word Lens capabilities were incorporated into the Google Translate app and released on January 14, 2015.[18][19][20][21] The company did not have any other products by the time of acquisition.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Armstrong, Natalie (April 19, 2011). "Word Lens app developer builds on social media buzz". Reuters. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Etherington, Darrell (May 16, 2014). "Google Has Acquired Quest Visual, The Maker Of Camera-Based Translation App Word Lens". TechCrunch. 
  3. ^ a b c Rosenblatt, Seth (May 16, 2014). "Google buys Word Lens maker to boost Translate". CNET. 
  4. ^ a b c Hall, Zac (May 16, 2014). "Google acquires Word Lens app recently featured in Apple's iPhone ad "Powerful"". 9to5Mac. 
  5. ^ a b Tsotsis, Alexia (December 16, 2010). "Word Lens Translates Words Inside of Images. Yes Really". TechCrunch. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Milian, Mark (December 20, 2010). "New iPhone app translates foreign-language signs". CNN: Tech. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Olson, Parmy (December 22, 2010). "Hot, New 'Word Lens' App Is Founder's First Project In Augmented Reality". Forbes. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Winkler, Rolfe (May 16, 2014). "Google Tries Another Reality With Quest Visual Purchase". The Wall Street Journal. 
  9. ^ a b "Word Lens on the iTunes App Store". itunes.apple.com. 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Word Lens on the Google Play Store". Google. 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Gannes, Liz (November 19, 2013). "Next Google Glass Tricks Include Translating the World From Your Eyes". All Things Digital. 
  12. ^ Honan, Mat (November 19, 2013). "Google's New Tools Show How Deep Glass Will Embed in Our Lives". Wired: Gadget Lab. 
  13. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (November 19, 2013). "Google Glass throws open its doors to developers". CNET. 
  14. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (November 24, 2013). "Glass Just Got Way More Interesting". TechCrunch. 
  15. ^ Rosenbloom, Stephanie (January 23, 2014). "Google Tools for Globetrotters". The New York Times: Travel. 
  16. ^ Tschorn, Adam (May 22, 2014). "Say what? Word Lens translation app is easy and free (for now)". Los Angeles Times. 
  17. ^ "Quest Visual is joining Google!". questvisual.com. 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  18. ^ Turovsky, Barak (January 14, 2015). "Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app". Google: Official Blog. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  19. ^ Dougherty, Conor (January 14, 2015). "Google Translate App Gets an Upgrade". The New York Times: Bits. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  20. ^ Rosenbloom, Stephanie (January 14, 2015). "Updates for Google Translate (Just Hold Up Your Phone)". The New York Times: In Transit. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  21. ^ Ulanoff, Lance (January 15, 2015). "Hands on with Google Translate: A mix of awesome and OK". Mashable. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Quest Visual website". QuestVisual.com. 2011. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 

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