An example of a translation. "!lit" is the trigger for the webhook, and "en es" tells TransLIT which languages to translate from and to.
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Chris often works with international students and came up with this idea after trying to communicate with students who did not speak English well. As an international student, Jiayang shares this perspective. In real life, an interpreter would be employed to facilitate understanding. Why doesn't one exist inside of messaging apps?
What it does
TransLIT is a bot that can connect to a Slack channel. Using simple keyword commands, TransLIT sends translations of messages sent within the Slack chat, much like a real life interpreter. Through the power of the IBM Watson translation engine, conversations between people of different tounges can happen with ease.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We started from scratch, and we had to restart a few times, but we ended up making a project that we find useful. We also met each other on the first day of HackFSU, and came together as a team.
What we learned
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What's next for TransLIT
We would like to build it into a full Slack app, branch out to other platforms, and store user input to make keyboard commands easier.