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Google brings Star Trek to life with 'Combadge' communicator prototype

Star Trek gets one step closer to reality with Google's 'Combadge' communicator prototype
By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Nov 25, 2015 4:24 am

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens so close to release, Star Trek gets some love from Google in the form of the Combadge prototype. Fans of the franchise will see that the small wearable communications device from Star Trek was being worked on by Google in prototype form.




Senior VP of Search at Google, Amit Singhal, admits to being a huge Star Trek fan, and during an interview with Time, he revealed that he always wanted a Combadge-like device, which then saw Singhal and his team build a prototype. The device didn't get far in terms of escaping the prototype phase, but the black circular wearable did feature a speaker, microphone, power light and a button that looks like it activates communication, just like in Star Trek.


Google didn't go ahead with production on the device, but it's great to see Google thinking out aloud here - and even entering the prototype stage on a crazy device like this.


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