Lateral is an AI-powered app for academics that claims to help read and take notes up to 10x faster. It provides a range of features, such as the ability to search within multiple documents at once, a Document View to read and highlight text, and a visual table to compare and contrast models, materials and assumptions. According to the website, it helps to quickly read, find, share and organise research in one place. It also claims to help researchers filter documents per concept, and professional writers process paperwork, highlight text, organise snippets and save time when writing. Lateral may differentiate itself from similar software competitors by its ability to provide an AI-powered search feature, as well as its intuitive and easy to use interface.