Google is currently experimenting with a wearable gadget that almost looks and functions like a device worn and used by characters from the "Star Trek" series.
According to an executive from the tech giant, the device is a communicator that can allow users to relay voice commands to an Android-based smartphone, CNET reported.
The device is only a prototype and was demonstrated by Amit Singhal, the vice president of search for Google. It is only as big as a casino chip and can be pinned on a user's shirt. Based on Singhal's demonstration, the communicator can be activated with a single tap. Once turned on, the user can give out voice commands or speak out a question which will then be sent to a smartphone via Bluetooth.
Google will then relay the answer to the user's query through the smartphone's speakers or a headset.
According to Singhal, it's not a coincidence that the prototype device is reminiscent of the pinned communicator used by Captain Picard or the other characters from the popular sci-fi franchise. The team at Google actually developed the new gadget based on the device from Star Trek.
"I always wanted that pin," Singhal told Time after the demonstrating the device. "You just ask it anything and it works. That's why we were like, 'Let's go prototype that and see how it feels."
Singhal nor Google decline to comment as to when the public can expect to see the tiny communicator in the market or when they'll be able to use it. Since it's still in its testing phase, it could take a while before it officially debuts.
The prototype communicator can be considered as Google's latest attempt in bringing sci-fi concepts and gadgets into the real world. Although it may seem like the device was created out of curiosity and to satisfy's Singhal's desires as a "Star Trek" fan, the company has been known for referencing the film and television series for the development of its future projects.
Also, creating the prototype for the "Star Trek" communicator highlights Google's commitment to expanding the functions and practicality of its search service. Through this device, users will be able to collect information without taking out their smartphones or visiting Google's site through their computers.
But, as noted by Singhal, the device is still in its prototype stages. It's still too early to say if or when Google will release a pin communicator to the public.