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The Star Trek phone: $150 replica of Communicator can act as a bluetooth headset and even replay sounds from the show

  • Gadget created from 3D scans of the original prop
  • Will also work as bluetooth speaker to play music
  • Gadget also comes loaded with audio clips and sound effects from show

It is every Star Trek fan's come true - a working communicator then can use instead of their phone.

A US gadget firm has revealed it has used 3D scans of the original TV prop to create the first working Communicator.

It can act as a bluetooth headset to make and receive calls, play audio clips from the show and act as a speaker.

'For nearly 50 years, 700 hours of content from six television series and eleven movies, has made Star Trek into an entertainment and pop culture icon across the world,' said the firm making the replica.

'The Wand Company’s Star Trek Original Series Communicator is the most accurate replica ever made, designed using the first ever structured-light 3D scans taken of the Alpha Hero Prop, crammed full of advanced technology, bringing new levels of action and immersion for Star Trek fans of all ages.'

The new version comes with Bluetooth for pairing with mobile phones, and is made from pressed metal, die cast metal, machined aluminum and textured ABS to replicate the original hero prop.

The unit is stored on a magnetic stand, with metal base and multi-colour LED charge status illumination, and comes with its own travel case.

A built in microphone and speaker can also play what the firm says is 'a wide range of authentic sound effects and conversation fragments from the Star Trek Universe.

However, fans will have to wait a little longer to fulfil their dreams, as the first units will not ship until 2016.

Amit Singhal of Google has admittted the gadget was the inspiration for the firm's search engine.

The search engine of the future will be the 'perfect personal assistant giving you benefit of all technical knowledge, enhancing your thought processes', Singhal told AFP in a rare interview.

When Singhal talks about his technological inspiration and the future of search engines, he smiles and says: 'Star Trek.'

He watched the popular science-fiction show obsessively growing up in India's Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

The series Singhal viewed repeats so often he knew the dialogue by heart gave him a dream about a future where a computer like the one on the starship Enterprise could provide any information immediately.

And life has given Singhal, a graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology and Cornell University, the chance to help develop just that kind of technology.

'I imagined a future where a starship computer would be able to answer any question I might ask, instantly.'

'We're closer to that dream than I ever thought possible during my working life,' said Singhal, adding that he was 'blessed to do something I love'.
Singhal is in charge of what Google calls its 'search algorithms', which decide how best to retrieve information and answer questions.

His team tests thousands of search algorithms every year, adjusting, tweaking and inventing.

The key is ranking information, giving the most pertinent answer first.

The more Google keeps users happy, the better it is able to beat competition from Yahoo and other sites, and also draw lucrative advertisement to its pages.

Just as USS Enterprise Captain James Kirk never had to type a question into the spaceship's computer, asking it questions aloud instead, Singhal sees searches heading in the same way with better voice recognition.

Singhal was in New Delhi to announce launch of Google's new Hindi-language content website.

Nearly all of India's 198-million English speakers are already online and Google hopes the local-language website will add 300-million more Internet users.

Singhal said the website in Hindi, India's most widely spoken language, would make the Internet 'more accessible for people like my mom' who's more comfortable in Hindi than in English.

'Knowledge is empowerment,' he said.