Babelverse Receives Funding to Expand Service
Babelverse the real-time translation service has received funding from the investment company 500 Startups.
Babelverse is now hoping to use this funding to make the service available to everyday users and not just in conferences.
The service makes use of smartphones to connect translators to those that need translation.
They have a huge network of interpreters across the world and users can open the app and request translation according to source and target language.
Simply put Babelverse asks you what language you speak, what language you need to understand, finds someone who can speak both, phones them up and connects you to them.
The usefulness of the service was demonstrated when the company put together a volunteer translation network to provide help to aid teams, reporters and NGOs after the Japanese tsunami.
The company believes that humans are much better than computer translation services and its founder, Mayel De Borniol, once said that they “rely on people instead of machines, to preserve the quality, context, cultural relevance, tone and emotion of the spoken word.”
At present it is still a closed beta service, however, with the cash new secured it should soon be available to travellers across the world.