Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsOther - Electronics · 8 months ago

Why haven't com badges like in Star trek caught on?

It seems kind of simple, a badge and an ear piece.  Hit badge, state name, ring that person's ear piece. It would be very useful on a ship.


Walkie talkies are cumbersome and used solely by mps.

Update 2:

We're not talking a phone, simply a button on a network serving as a peripheral.

Update 3:

A battery in a galaxy pod would be more than enough.

8 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    One could say that already exists with handsfree and blue tooth technologies

    One could also say that " Alexis" is a very crude version of the comm badge, but a version nonetheless

  • Fred
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    What part of 'Hollywood fiction' don't you understand?

  • 8 months ago

    maybe because no one has created a model and tried to market them for business purposes...?

  • 8 months ago

    I’ve often wondered this. I’m going to invent one. Thank you. 

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  • 8 months ago

    One reason is that batteries are too heavy. 


    You have to understand that fictional devices 

    don't have to follow the same rules as real ones, 

    nor do they have to actually work. 


    Plus, Star Trek communicators supposedly don't use radio signals. 

    What sort of modulation scheme they MIGHT use has been theorized by fans 

    and/or fictionally explained by publications 

    connected with the TV shows and theatrical films. 

  • 8 months ago

    You can do that with just an earpiece linked to a phone in a pocket or on your belt - and have been able to for many years.

    Look how heavy a phone is; and typically around half of the weight is batteries. Would you want that weight hanging on your shirt?

    Bluetooth devices can be tiny as they only need enough power to work over a few feet.

    The communications device itself needs enough power for long-range communication, whether a phone or a walkie talkie. That's batteries, antennas and much more powerful radio stages.

  • 8 months ago

    As far back a 2G we had phones that were small enough to fit into a large watch casing.  The main problem with such devices is the battery size. Also consider the inconvenience depending on clothing!

  • 8 months ago

    They have walke talkies on ships, that’s pretty much the same thing. Plus it doesn’t need something connected to your ear. 

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