Mobile Assisted Word-Learning

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Word-learning is one of the basic steps in language learning. A general traditional approach for learning new words is to keep a dictionary and use it whenever one encounters a new word. This video demonstrates Mobile Assisted Word-Learning (MAWL)[1]: an augmented reality based collaborative social-networking interface for learning new words using a smartphone. MAWL keeps track and saves all textual contexts during reading process along with providing augmented reality-based assistance such as images, translation into native language, synonyms, antonyms, sentence usage etc.

Figure 1: Demonstration of MAWL technology


  1. Pramod Verma (Inventor), MAWL: Mobile Assisted Word Learning. [US Patent Pending]
  2. iPhone Apps is [coming soon...]

Publications & Research

  1. Verma P. MAWL: Mobile Assisted Word-Learning. CHI ’12: Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference on Human factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts [Short Video, CHI Videos Track] [CHI-2012 Link]
  2. Verma P. MAWL: Mobile Assisted Word-Learning. SIGGRAPH ASIA ’11: Symposium of Apps [Exhibit] [SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011 Link], Fact Sheet
  3. Verma P. MAWL: Mobile Assisted Word-Learning. MobileHCI ’11: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services [Extended Abstract Paper] [PDF]
  4. Verma P. MAWL: Mobile Assisted Word-Learning. MobileHCI ’11: Design Competition - Essence of Mobile Communication and Con- nectivity [Finalist] [MobileHCI Link]

Figure 2: User can use automatic cursor for selecting text written on physical paper.