The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:08 AM EST

Online videoconferencing can make it easy to connect with people all over the world—provided, of course, that everyone speaks the same language. Kudo Marketplace, a scheduling tool tied to a Zoom-like platform, takes care of that. The system, launched in January, lets meeting hosts book skilled human interpreters, fluent in more than 90 spoken and 147 sign languages. Once the meeting begins, attendees simply go to a pull-down menu and select their preferred language. Clients include Microsoft, Etsy and U.S. government agencies. Booking time isn’t cheap, though: 30 hours of interpretation runs about $3,000. —Alejandro de la Garza

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