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November 24, 2015

Google almost made an actual ‘Star Trek’ communicator badge

by John_A

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Google is always working on new and innovative technologies to bring to market, but some ideas get a little crazier than others. One of those ideas was basically a Star Trek communicator badge.

Amit Singhal, the senior vice president and software engineer at Google said:

“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.’”

The device used Bluetooth to connect to another device in-order to process the user’s voice commands. However, unfortunately, or possibly fortunately, the prototype never made it to production. The reason mainly came down to poor voice command recognition. Currently, it is just too difficult to understand the human language. Humans can use context to apply multiple senses and draw on vast past experiences to interpret what other people are saying. This is one area Google is working on, but hasn’t mastered yet.

Source: TIME

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