Technology does so much to bring us together, it'd be a shame to let language keep us apart. VoxOx has overcome that hurdle, though, with a free real-time translation tool that lets you chat seamlessly in dozens of tongues.
The VoxOx Universal Translator is basically a social Babel Fish, built into VoxOx's communications software. As you can see in the demonstration video, if you input the language of the person you're communicating with over SMS, IM, email or select chat services (such as Facebook), VoxOx automatically translates both ends of the conversation for you.
Only one person needs to be using the service for it to work, so you won't have to convince your new friends in Minsk to download random software. In fact, you can pretty easily convince them that you're a native speaker as well.
It's one of those services that seems so inherently useful, it's a wonder that it's only just now a reality. But since it is, buena suerte making friends around the world.
VoxOx First to Introduce Real-Time Language Translation for SMS, Chat, Social Media and Email in One Interface
VoxOx Universal Translator instantly and seamlessly breaks down language barriers in mobile and electronic communication
BARCELONA (MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS) and SAN DIEGO – February 16, 2010 – VoxOx® by TelCentris®, the first and only free consumer service that unifies today's key communication channels - voice, video, IM, text, social media, e-mail, fax and file sharing - into a single user interface, today announced the launch of the VoxOx Universal Translator™, the first translation service to be natively built into a communications software, enabling seamless, real-time conversations. The VoxOx Universal Translator is also the first service in the industry to provide instantaneous foreign language messaging translation across four major communication channels – text messages (SMS), chat (IM), email and select social media networks. The service supports dozens of major languages, and only one person has to be using VoxOx to have a two-way translated conversation.
Announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the new free service makes it easy for two people who speak different languages to instantaneously communicate back and forth via SMS, IM and email. VoxOx users can also automatically translate and broadcast their Twitter @replies (public messages directed to specific users), as well as hold two-way translated chat conversations with social networking friends on Facebook and MySpace. Users simply opens up their VoxOx Universal Messaging Window (chat window within VoxOx client), select their language as well as their contact's language, and then begin sending text and chat messages, emails or Twitter @replies to anyone in the world. The Universal Translator instantly translates the messages for both parties in dozens of major languages. All language settings are customizable by individual contact and automatically stored in the cloud for future conversations. The service is completely interoperable with major instant messaging services, including Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live, AIM, ICQ, Skype and GoogleTalk.
"Never before has it been so easy for people of different languages to communicate instantaneously," said Bryan Hertz, CEO of TelCentris, the creator of VoxOx. "We expect this innovation to help friends, relatives and business colleagues better communicate and connect with each other."
VoxOx is the first service of its kind to fully address the instant communication needs of international audiences. Consumers previously were required to cut and paste messages using online translation web sites and translation "bots," or download clunky, client-specific plug-ins that both parties have to install. Translation has been particularly challenging in two-way SMS conversations, especially for older phones without an Internet connection or applications. With its built-in live translation option spanning four communication channels, VoxOx has advanced its relevance within the international community, while providing a seamless user experience.
"The VoxOx Universal Translator breaks down language barriers and has important business implications as well – for example, providing better customer support, or communicating with colleagues, partners and business contacts in another country and another language," said Michael Faught, president of TelCentris. "We look forward to the global feedback on this service. We are very excited and proud to launch this new capability for our users worldwide at such an international venue as the Mobile World Congress."
The VoxOx Universal Translator is just one capability of the overall VoxOx service, which Computer Shopper recently named the Best Software / Service at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Currently in beta, VoxOx also provides users with a free phone number; two-way texting; video conferencing; integrated social networking and chat; fax and file sharing capabilities; a free personal assistant for helping answer, manage and screen calls; and much more.
For more information on the VoxOx Universal Translator, please visit http://www.voxox.com/whats_new.php. To download the free VoxOx software, please visit www.voxox.com.