Trekkie gadget on way

by alphamonkey on April 21, 2004 · 1 comment

in Sci-Tech

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IF you have ever wanted to emulate Star Trek commander Jean Luc Picard and talk to colleagues via a lapel communicator, then now is your chance.

US firm Vocera has created a wireless voice communicator just like they use in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

All you do to contact someone is press the talk button on the lapel badge, say their name, and you will be put through.

The gadget is proving popular in hospitals to make it easier for nurses to find and get advice from doctors.

The Vocera communications system channels voice calls via a wi-fi network to recognise who the caller is trying to reach and then to connect them.

Servers do the job of decoding speech to recognise names and discover if the person is available; then, a portion of the wireless network is reserved so the people can speak to each other.

“It’s pretty futuristic,” said Keerti Melkote, co-founder of Aruba Networks, a partner of Vocera. “It’s very neat – smaller than a cell phone – and very lightweight.”

The gadget can either be clipped to a lapel or worn around the neck

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    Wow, it’s like a walkie-talkie but more expensive and fault-ridden!  “Even in the future nothing works!”

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