Google Made a Secret Prototype That Works Like the Star Trek Communicator

The wearable device let users search by talking out loud

Google developed a prototype wearable device based on the communicator in Star Trek. In science fiction, Captain Picard and his crew used their lapel pins to talk to the artificial intelligence and crew onboard the Starship Enterprise. In real life, the search giant created a circular device with a built-in microphone and Bluetooth allowing it to connect to a smartphone. The prototype was described to TIME in an interview by Amit Singhal, the executive in charge of the firm’s search initiatives.

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