What local does is provide a live translation service through augmented reality. It uses the rear camera on your phone and uses optical character recognition (OCR) to turn the words you see into text readable through Google Cardboard. The text is then run through the Google Translate API and the translated word is overlaid in the image making the foreign text English.

This has an advantage over traditional translation methods as it saves the time from having to look up the word or type it into your phone. Having everything in front of you translated as you look at it makes you feel like you understand everything and less like you're in a foreign country, which is where our name comes from. Using our app, you will feel like a Local.

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