New app translates IM into 52 languages
Transfire app receives $170,000 in first-round funding
iPhone application developer TNT Creations, has secured $170,000 in first-round equity funding to develop an application called Transfire, which translates chat messages into 52 languages including Arabic.
The first version of the Transfire app is currently available free on the iTunes app store and has passed 150,000 downloads, many of these from Arabic-speaking regions, according to TNT Creations.
"We are excited and enthusiastic about the future prospects for chat applications," said Elik Topolosky, president and co-founder of TNT Creations. "Instant messaging is continuing to grow and we are expanding the boundaries of current chat applications. We have eliminated the language barrier that still restricts instant messaging globally."
The Transfire app uses several key technologies to translate text in real-time between 52 languages.
"The perfect chat application will process and understand all communication regardless of language, slang or abbreviation," said Jonathan Topolosky, TNT Creations president and co-founder. "That is where Transfire is headed."
Transfire also integrates gtalk, a new innovative messaging interface, and fast message delivery, according to TNT Creations.
"Improvements in chat technology are continuous and significant," said Elik Topolosky. "We are on the verge of a universal platform where any user can communicate, no matter what programme they are using or what language they speak."