Back to school season is upon us and if you’re a student with a lot of reading ahead of you, developer EvenPixel has an app that will have you ditching your paper dictionary like a hot potato. Linxy, which debuted in the App Store at the end of July, uses the iPhone’s camera to recognize printed text and quickly provide a definition and information from Wikipedia and Wiktionary.
To see Linxy in action, check out our video overview of it:
Linxy works very quickly as you can see in the video. You can adjust the recognition target area by tapping or pinching and zooming on the screen and the play/pause button at the bottom will alternately trigger or freeze recognition if you have trouble holding your iPhone still over a specific word.
The dictionary tab lets you enter words manually using the on-screen keyboard so you can use Linxy as a standard dictionary app as well without relying on the camera for word recognition. There’s also a toggle to activate the camera’s flash on the iPhone 4 and 4S to give you a quick reading light in low-light conditions.
Linxy will work only on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S and only recognizes words and provides definitions in English, so keep this in mind if you want to download it. I’ve found it to recognize words well on paper in books and magazines and even on computer screens. Linxy is free to download and will work immediately, showing you one dictionary or encyclopedia entry for each word scanned. There’s an in-app purchase of $1.99 that will unlock the ability to show multiple entries for each word scanned and it’s a worthy and inexpensive upgrade to get even more out of the app.
I plan to do more video overviews like this thanks to the Elgato Game Capture HD, a most excellent device used and recommended by our sister site, TouchArcade.