Google’s prototype lapel pin tests out possibilities of real-life communicator

Google’s prototype lapel pin tests out possibilities of real-life communicator

Tech giant Google’s Senior Vice President Amit Singhal recently demonstrated to Time a one-of-a-kind prototype wearable device --- a prototype lapel pin which has apparently been inspired by the sci-fi ingenuity of Star Trek.

The prototype lapel pin has been developed by Google’s engineers, for testing out the possibilities of a real-life communicator. The lapel pin -- the Google Star Trek communicator badge -- essentially gives the wearers the ability to talk to a computer for information; suggesting new ways for tapping into the exhaustive knowledge banks of Google search.

For demonstrating the Star Trek-style prototype lapel pin to Time, Singhal wore the device chest-high on his sweater. The diameter of the lapel pin is almost the same as that of a casino chip, though it is slightly thicker. The lapel pin has to be tapped for activation.

When the prototype lapel pin is activated, the wearer’s spoken query is picked up by an embedded microphone and relayed to a nearby smartphone via Bluetooth. From the smartphone, the query is transmitted to Google, which responds to the query through speakers or headphones.

In reference to the prototype Google Star Trek communicator badge, Singhal told Time: "I always wanted that pin. You just ask it anything and it works. That's why we were like, 'Let's go prototype that and see how it feels'."

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