In the science fiction Star Trek, Captain Picard and his team can be seen using their lapel pins to communicate to the crew and artificial intelligence aboard the Starship Enterprise; but Google has gone further ahead to make this fiction a reality by developing a prototype wearable device that activates a search need by just speaking into it.
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The circular wearable device is worn on the chest or anywhere on the lapel, and it comes with in-built mic and Bluetooth technology to enable it connect to a smartphone. You only need to speak to it to activate a search function on Google or the internet, and it comes handy too.
Amit Singhal, a Google official in charge of search initiatives noted that communicator was modeled after that used in Star Trek film to determine how people might use their voice to activate a voice search on the largest search engine in the world.
A light tap would wake up the Google pin worn on the chest, and while it can be connected to a headphone, it will also work great with onboard speakers for better sound output quality.
The main thinking behind the project is to enable users to perform search functions on Google without the use of their smartphones, and according to Singhal, “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.’”
It must however be pointed out that the devise is still in testing stages and has not left the lab, but it already packs the potential to chart the way voice search might be used in the future. Technology is now getting more predictive with the ability to identify and understand human language, and Google is exploring this feature to change the ways human obtain information via search in the future.
It should be noted that Google already developed the Google Now device which is able to predict ideas and search needs before people even think of searching for it. And Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon among others are already looking in this direction to develop something of such.
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Having watched the Star Trek episodes, several Google engineers are obsessed with futuristic technologies showcased in the TV series, and often mention this when holding crucial meetings or in conferences where the future of technology is discussed.