Travelers spending part of their journey at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can now choose to pass the time by joining in conversation with others -- even if they don't speak the same language -- thanks to some newfangled seating installations.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recently came up with KLM Connecting Seats, devised in collaboration with DDB & Tribal Amsterdam, and installed them at the Amsterdam airport.

Every one of the seats has been designed to permit travelers to rest their heads in the middle of the headrest. Speakers are located on either side of the headrest, and a directional microphone allows for far-to-face communication to happen as the conversation is translated in real time.

DDB & Tribal Amerstam and the airline took advantage of Google’s Cloud Speech, Cloud Translation and Web Speech to ensure that the conversations could occur as translated in real time. This includes various dialects of world languages.

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