Globr is an instant messaging platform that uses a translator plug-in to automatically translate the sender's language into the language preferred by the recipient.
Inventor Jimi Ayoku came up the idea while dating a young Russian woman during university, and being frustrated by the language barrier that existed between them. This prompted him to work on a concept for a translating instant messaging platform. After 18 months of development, Globr is ready to be launched -- although it's currently in a private beta stage.
Globr will launch with support for seven languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Russian and Polish. It will be available on Android and iOS in May. Plans for a desktop business version are also under consideration, with an aim to connect employees spread across the globe and who speak different languages.