Updated 01:55 AM EDT, Tue, Oct 26, 2021

Google Built A Real-Life Star Trek Communicator Badge From the Franchise

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It's a dream come true for fans when one of their favorite franchises turn into a reality (although maybe not for the "Hunger Games" genre).

PC World reported that Google is working on a new gadget which sci-fi fans are definitely going to look forward to: 23rd century tech in the form of Star Trek's communicator badge.

Yes, the lapel pin that lets you talk to the computer for information - straight out of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" technology.

Speaking with Time Magazine, Google Senior Vice President Amit Singhal said about Star Trek's badge, "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 is highly doubtful that the communicator will let you connect with starships or Vulcans, though.

CNET reported that the device is about the same diameter as a casino chip, but somewhat thicker. It's designed to be activated with a tap, and is already embedded with a microphone that could pick up on your query via Bluetooth of a smartphone nearby. The answer could be given through you via the badge's speaker or through headphones.

This means that the "Star Tech" communicator isn't really that far off from another Bluetooth device, but that does not mean fans won't jump at the chance to have their own, either, giving Google the go for giving us another way to play around with how we could make use of the internet and with their search tools in the future.

Singhal has been a longtime fan of the franchise, and he's always wanted his work on Google to turn his love for science fiction into reality. So much so that in a Google Doodle that honored the anniversary of the first ever "Star Trek" broadcast three years ago, he wrote, "The destiny of search is to become the Star Trek computer, a perfect assistant by my side whenever I need it."

It's not the first technology from Google that's inspired by a movie tech, either. Time also noted that employees usually invoke the same talking OS as in the movie "Her". And let's not forget their other "futuristic" tech ventures, like the Google Glass, Unmanned cars, and such.

But while we wait for the day the "Star Trek" communicator badge's arrival on the market, can we also hope for lightsabers - or okay, human-like sidekick droids like R2-D2, C3PO, and BB-8, at least? It's a totally different Sci-fi franchise, but don't we want them all?

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