A new and very interesting service is trying to solve both of these problems using a simple and innovative platform: BabelWith.Me. BabelWith.Me is a web-based group chat tool with a major twist: it automatically translates conversations into 45 languages. Here, try out the Mashable room to see it in action.
The Alpha service is incredibly straightforward to use. Just click the “Start a Conversation” button on the homepage…and that’s it. That one click creates an entirely new chatroom that you can invite friends, colleagues, and strangers to use. It’s a simple interface, but with two important features. First, it has easy-to-use sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and email. This makes it simple to bring others into the conversation.
The important feature of BabelWith.Me though is the auto-translation system. You have the option of selecting your language (we believe the default is either your browser’s set language or English). Once you do, anytime you speak, it will be automatically translated for all other chat participants. It also kindly adds a copy of the original message in case the translation goes bad or if you understand the language. We’re pretty certain the translations are powered by Google Translate.