Babelverse to Provide Live Voice Translation Service for Pres. Obama’s State of the Union in 6,976 Languages

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The team behind Babelverse, the world’s first real-time on-demand interpretation service, announced today that they will translate President Obama’s address in real-time to viewers around the world in 6,976 languages. Founded by Mayel de Borniol (France) and Josef Dunne (UK), the startup participated in Start-Up Chile’s first generation and were awarded top honours at LeWeb’11, the internationally renowned technology conference based in Paris, France.

”Barack Obama’s address this evening touches more than just folks from the United States,” says Dunne, who co-founded Babelverse in Athens, Greece. “The outcome of the address has a direct bearing on the lives of individuals across the globe, and we would like it to be accessible to the 7 billion citizens of the world, no matter what their native tongue is.”

Josef and Mayel originally created the application as a way to improve communication during international rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of the 2011 Japanese Tsunami.

The speech will air this Tuesday, January 24th at 9:00pm EST and can be streamed at http://stateoftheunion.babelverse.com. English speakers capable of translating to the various languages of the world can volunteer their time during the address at http://stateoftheunion.babelverse.com.