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The upcoming CommBadge gives you Star Trek-style voice control

I tend to get a lot of crazy ideas, and I find a lot of crazy products that way. This morning I started thinking about uses for joaomgcd’s new AutoVoice app, and I started thinking about the communicator badge from Star Trek. For those who haven’t seen that (part of the) series, the idea is that you have a wearable badge that also works as a communicator. Tap it, and you can talk to other people or the computer.

With today’s Bluetooth technology, I thought that perhaps someone had already made a viable Bluetooth speakerphone version of the Star Trek badge, so I did a Google search, and found CommBadge. While it’s not shaped as a Star Trek badge, the functionality is spot on, and it cleverly markets itself as something more than just a Star trek “toy”. It’s essentially a wearable speaker phone, where tapping it enables voice control on iOS and Android devices. It also has vibration, sound, and LED alert functionality, and to top it all off, there are versions that will hold an ID badge.

I think this is a great idea, and best of all this is something that works out of the box with both iOS and many Android devices. The video shows it being used with Siri, but Google Now is also an option, and I’m hoping that it will be relatively easy to use this with other apps, such as AutoVoice.

I have to say that the idea of a real life commbadge intrigues me, if only to cater to the Trekker in me. It will be available this summer, starting at $89, and I fear that come fall, I’ll be running around tapping my chest and yelling “computer, lights.”

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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5 thoughts on “The upcoming CommBadge gives you Star Trek-style voice control

  • Ohboyohboy, that’s an ugly piece, imho.

    “We’ve patented it” – only in the US, everywhere else that’s clearly prior art; not only in the series, many people have built something like this for themselves already (Yt).

    As for the idea/problem itself, I can see me using such a device, though since I’m visually impaired, I might as well wait for Google’s Glass – espacially since the latter doesn’t make everything audible to people around me, the horror, imagine dozens of people on the bus with such a device.

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  • Avatar of Michael Perry

    No doubt, and the price starts at how much?! Its a novel idea if your in your car very often for hands free driving, however, smart watches are the way to go if your spending that kind of cash. Thanks for the write up though, Andreas, it’s certainly neat enough.

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    • Avatar of JRDemaskus

      Agreed.
      Even with an earbud, people have to listen to you.
      Seems normal to talk into a phone, but not open space to a lapel mic.
      On the other hand, I was wondering how long it would take for us to get this type of product. They just need to jazz this up and make it look cool so were not embarrassed at the next Trek Con.
      Peace

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  • I think it is ok but java street2 headphone its better.Even in java could you connect a auricular with very short cable or do it shorter so you can put in java and then java seems a classic bluetooth auricular with speaker too.

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  • Avatar of Aaron Orquia

    This is pretty neat just for the Trekkie factor, but it is currently a bit expensive. I don’t know, maybe if I have come extra cash this summer.

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