Microsoft has announced they're developing a real-time translator that will allow people from different languages to communicate across Skype.
It's still very early days, but the new technology promises to provide voice and text based translations for people who want to communicate with someone in a different language.
In the demonstration at the inaugural Code Conference, Gurdeep Pall, the vice president in charge of the Skype Translator, had quite a complex chat with his college in Germany. As you can see in the video below, there are a few teething problems, but overall it's pretty mind-blowing.
“It is early days for this technology, but the ‘Star Trek’ vision for a Universal Translator isn’t a galaxy away, and its potential is every bit as exciting as those ‘Star Trek’ examples,” Pall said in a blog post.
Just imagine the conversation possibilities - it's like subtitles for your life.