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Real life Combadge

Marina1988

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Report this Jul. 20 2013, 2:58 am

Hi, I'm a developing a real life Combadge just like the ones they use in TNG. The purpose of the device is to help parents keep track of their young children while they're on away missions with their friends.


The Combadge will also allow children a way of communicating with their parents without the need to purchase a Mobile or Cell phone.


Kids justify the need for a phone by telling you they need it if they get into an emergency. The problem is, that's not the real case. They often just use it to call or text their friends while the phone company is sending you bigger bills every month. The solution is a Combadge. You would be able to program all the important phone numbers into it that the child will access by simply pressing the badge and using voice activation, say the name of the person they wish to Call.


 


The unit also has an inbuilt GPS which enables parents to keep track of their kids, wherever they are. 


Im trying to get this crowd funded and would appreciate your help greatly.


if you can help, follow the link below my post. Even if you can't directly assist me, just letting people know will spread the word which would help me greatly.


 


Thanks for your time.


Marina S.


 


http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/469721/emal/4004691'

dryson

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Report this Jul. 20 2013, 5:43 pm

I would look into http://www.arduino.cc/ components for your design.


This is what you will need. A housing which can be made with a 3D Printer or Shape Ways can print it for you.


The face of the combadge will need to have an area where it can be pressed that would first complete the circuit allowing electricity to flow through the badge so that the it can be used.


This would require a complex switch where the first tap closed the circuit allowing the electrical current to pass through the devices components. The second tap would open the circuit keeping electrical current from passing through the devices components.


The switch would be connected to a battery http://compare.ebay.com/like/390578011309?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar that could be removed and replaced when needed.


You will also need a transmitter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmitter to transmitt the users voices in a certain hertz of bandwidth along with antenna that can both transmit and receive radio signals.


The main problem is that you will have to have the permission of the FCC to transmit over a certain frequency.


You also need to be weary of predators who can use technology similar to how they tap into Wifi signals to read what people are doing over the WiFi. Such predators would most likely try and tap into the communication badges radio frequency so they could listen in on what the kids were talking about.


Then there is of course the range of the device. You have to factor in short range and long range. Both ranges will require different components and consume varrying amounts of electricity from the battery.


 


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Broadstorm

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Report this Jul. 21 2013, 4:16 am

How similar will it be to the Trek ones?  Will it need to be tapped off usually, or will it know 95% of the time that the conversation is over & switch itself off?

2takesfrakes

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Report this Jul. 21 2013, 6:22 am

Only the most controlled child of
a Helicopter Parent would dare to
be caught dead wearing something
as lame as this mentally challenged
"badge." It will never see light of day!
STAR TREK is entertainment, why are
so many fans in denial of that fact?
It's not a guidebook for living reality.


Broadstorm

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Report this Jul. 21 2013, 4:38 pm

Quote: 2takesfrakes @ Jul. 21 2013, 6:22 am

>

>Only the most controlled child of
a Helicopter Parent would dare to
be caught dead wearing something
as lame as this mentally challenged
"badge." It will never see light of day!
STAR TREK is entertainment, why are
so many fans in denial of that fact?
It's not a guidebook for living reality.

>


Obviously, you are correct about Star Trek being entertainment, but considering how many scientists & engineers were inspired by Star Trek and have taken part in some capacity in making something from science fiction into science fact, I don't really see this as being that far out there.  I was looking for a link to show a list of inventions that already look very much like Star Trek devices such as flip-phones, tablet computers, etc.  http://www.filmjunk.com/2009/01/21/treknobabble-50-top-10-star-trek-inventions-in-use-today/


I actually found a reference to combadges. 


"Communication Badge – A California start-up called Vocera has created a similar device you pin to your shirt. They’re used mostly in hospitals to avoid having constant overhead pages." http://www.vocera.com/index.php/voice/badge

willowtree

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Report this Jul. 22 2013, 7:40 am

I'd rather my kid have a cell phone. Texting and data plans are largely unlimited now and not all that expensive. I don't mind if they text, that's how they communicate now

willowtree

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Report this Jul. 22 2013, 7:42 am

Quote: 2takesfrakes @ Jul. 21 2013, 6:22 am

>

>Only the most controlled child of
a Helicopter Parent would dare to
be caught dead wearing something
as lame as this mentally challenged
"badge." It will never see light of day!
STAR TREK is entertainment, why are
so many fans in denial of that fact?
It's not a guidebook for living reality.

>


Trek HAS been an inspiration for much of our current technology. Many scientists who are developing new technologies got into their respective fields because of Trek. There's actually a great documentary about it that was on the History channel called "How William Shatne changed the world"

2takesfrakes

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Report this Jul. 22 2013, 6:58 pm

Surely, the Space Shuttle wasn't inspired
by STAR TREK. But because of that campaign
TREK fans had to name the first ENTERPRISE,
there has to be some assumed connection there.
Arthur C. Clark had more to do with celphone
technology than STAR TREK ever had. This show
is not the totality of creativity, imagination
and invention. It sounds like a lot of hype ...


I suppose Goddard got into rocketry, just
because of STAR TREK. Thomas Edison and
Alexander Graham Bell probably owe all of
their inventions to STAR TREK, too! Why not?


Broadstorm

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Report this Jul. 22 2013, 8:23 pm

Quote: 2takesfrakes @ Jul. 22 2013, 6:58 pm

>

>Surely, the Space Shuttle wasn't inspired
by STAR TREK. But because of that campaign
TREK fans had to name the first ENTERPRISE,
there has to be some assumed connection there.
Arthur C. Clark had more to do with celphone
technology than STAR TREK ever had. This show
is not the totality of creativity, imagination
and invention. It sounds like a lot of hype ...

>I suppose Goddard got into rocketry, just
because of STAR TREK. Thomas Edison and
Alexander Graham Bell probably owe all of
their inventions to STAR TREK, too! Why not?

>


I was just pointing out that many scientists & engineers since the 1960s were inspired by Star Trek, and that many of the devices we take for granted today have some similarity in appearance to devices of similar functionality as devices in Star Trek.

willowtree

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Report this Jul. 23 2013, 6:13 am

Quote: 2takesfrakes @ Jul. 22 2013, 6:58 pm

>

>Surely, the Space Shuttle wasn't inspired
by STAR TREK. But because of that campaign
TREK fans had to name the first ENTERPRISE,
there has to be some assumed connection there.
Arthur C. Clark had more to do with celphone
technology than STAR TREK ever had. This show
is not the totality of creativity, imagination
and invention. It sounds like a lot of hype ...

>I suppose Goddard got into rocketry, just
because of STAR TREK. Thomas Edison and
Alexander Graham Bell probably owe all of
their inventions to STAR TREK, too! Why not?

>


Martin Cooper, credited as the inventor of the cellphone, has stated he got the idea for a truly portable communications device from watching Star Trek


You can snark all you want but it doesn't change that many modern bits of technology were influenced by people watching trek and wanting to make it a reality. Many people got into their scientific fields because of their love of Trek. astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of many scientists who cite Star Trek as an influence


There is currently a bio bed being developed where it would automatically display patients vitals and readings, the people developing this technology are trekkies

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