CommBadge gives you a Star Trek: TNG experienceâ€¦almost
It is activated the same way the crewmembers from Star Trek: The Next Generation would activate their chest mounted communicators. The CommBadge will come in three trim levels: CommBadge Classic, CommBadge and CommBadge+. The Classic model is the Bluetooth speaker with clip. The middle trim incorporates an ID holder for business users and the CommBadge+ adds a retractable lanyard. Retail prices are expected to begin at about $95.
The device will be able access Siri or Google Now and perhaps the coolest feature about it is how it helps prevent your conversations from being put on public display. The speaker is designed to provide clean sound to the wearer, but beyond a distance of about one foot, the sound waves will sound scrambled. People will be able to tell you are on a call, but they will not be able to hear your better half griping about forgetting to pick up some milk on the way home. The speaker also functions as a tether, so it can alert you if you leave your phone somewhere and it gets disconnected. There will be companion iOS and Android apps available to customize the CommBadge to work the way you want it to.
The CommBadge is charged via micro USB and battery life is claimed to last a full day on average. The product as you might expect is in the prototype phase and CommBadge is looking to crowd fund the project to get production going.
So, if you are tired of Bluetooth earpieces constantly not fitting correctly in your ear, the CommBadge may be just what you are looking for. Check out the video and source link belowâ€¦engage.
source: CommBadge via CNET
1. KingKurogiii posted on 01 Dec 2012, 00:52 4 0
neat but it doesn't look like the ones from Star Trek so it's a fail. :P
2. Maxwell.R posted on 01 Dec 2012, 00:57 4 0
If this project gets off the ground, that is only one marketing agreement away from becoming reality. ;-)
3. Droid_X_Doug posted on 01 Dec 2012, 01:04 0 0
If it works as advertised, I would definitely be in the market for one of the units.
5. doubler86 posted on 01 Dec 2012, 01:50 1 0
If they do make a limited edition Star Trek one, I would buy it immediately.
7. mydi.maus posted on 01 Dec 2012, 02:33 0 0
can they make commbadge beam?,so i can beam me thru time.
11. champ_vl posted on 01 Dec 2012, 14:50 0 0
This is not cool. I would not want to look like a crazy person talking in public spaces without a phone or headset in reach...nor do I want that speaker to read out loud my messages or who is calling me or other private stuff. I'm very sure this trend will never catch on.
15. Gawain posted on 01 Dec 2012, 20:09 0 0
You clearly didn't read the article or check out the source. The speaker is attached to you, not hidden like a bluetooth ear piece...most of the time, I see people who look like they're talking to themselves and only when they turn do I notice an ear bud.
12. GoBears posted on 01 Dec 2012, 15:54 0 0
I just know how p!$$ed off I get at people who insist on using their speakerphone or PTT feature on their phone. I'm not going to be that guy haha.
13. Nathan_ingx posted on 01 Dec 2012, 16:19 0 0
Early 2014 should be seen with these coming along with phones in the box!!
Would be great...
14. JimiMack (unregistered) posted on 01 Dec 2012, 20:09 0 0
Read the article and you will see how it states people around you would not hear the other person... "The speaker is designed to provide clean sound to the wearer, but beyond a distance of about one foot, the sound waves will sound scrambled. People will be able to tell you are on a call, but they will not be able to hear your better half griping about forgetting to pick up some milk on the way home."
16. ChafedBanana posted on 01 Dec 2012, 23:47 1 0
.... designed to provide clean sound to the wearer, but beyond a distance of about one foot, the sound waves will sound AS THOUGH SOMEBODY IS LITERALLY DEFICATING INTO YOUR EARS.