Have you ever walked into a foreign restaurant, take a peek at their menu, and instantly regret not learning another language? Well you wouldn’t be the first and you most certainly won’t be the last. That is, until Waygo comes to the rescue.
“Translating a menu might tell you generally what the dish is, but doesn’t give users the full story. Our food photo feature makes it easier to be more adventurous when ordering off foreign menus with confidence and understanding. This feature is the result of years of effort, which originally started out as a drive to improve the quality of food-related translations in Waygo.”
– Kevin Clark
Co-Founder and Product Director of Waygo
Waygo’s latest announcement is a huge update for all of you Chinese foodies. The Waygo team had researched Chinese restaurant menus, covering the top 4,000 dishes, and providing 14,000 curated images. By using a combination of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and offline image processing, the Waygo translator will provide an English translation of each menu item you scan.
For now, the app will provide Chinese translations, but will soon be updated to include Japanese and Korean. Waygo will offer 10 free translations per day, but if you wish to acquire unlimited translations, you can purchase it for only $6.99 per language, or $11.99 for the full translation package.
Waygo is available for download for both Android and iOS devices.
Throughout history, we’ve always relied upon human translators to help us communicate with the rest of the world. Eventually we began alleviating this headache by engineering digital translator apps for our mobile devices, which have only become more intelligent over these last few years. Soon, however, universal translators will become commonplace throughout the globe.
Whether we’re using smartphones or retinal and cochlear implants, whenever someone speaks another language within close proximity, real-time translations will be provided. Whenever we look at a sign, read a book, or even skim through a menu, all foreign text will be instantly translated for each’s own convenience. In doing so, the largest social and cultural barrier across borders and nations will be effectively destroyed, proliferating global intelligence and mutual understanding as a result.