In order to activate Siri on the iPhone, we’d have to press and hold the home key. For Android devices, Google Now can be activated by saying “OK Google”. Either way it involves you reaching for your phone in order to get the voice assistant feature up and running, but wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t have to keep reaching for your phone all the time?
That’s where the CommBadge comes in. The device, as you can see pictured above, is a 1.54-inch device that can be clipped onto your shirt. Basically what it does is that it allows you to perform voice commands like you would with Siri or Google Now by touching the device as opposed to have to get your phone, unlock the display, and then activate the feature.
According to its creator, the CommBadge will play nicely with Siri and Google Now so basically your phone could be in another room and you’d still be able to interact with it, as long as it is within Bluetooth range, of course. The great thing about CommBadge is that you don’t have to wear it all the time as it can be used in other settings, like in the car, for instance.
The creators are also adding a security feature by partnering up with SmartTek Systems. What this does is that whenever the user presses and holds the device for more than 5 seconds, it will automatically call out to an emergency number who will then be able to listen in undetected and then dispatch the appropriate emergency services, although this could cost you extra for the service.
As it stands the device is currently $15,000 into its goal of $20,000 and with 18 days to go, there is a good chance it could reach its goal. If you’d like to learn more or pledge a donation of your own, head on over to CommBadge’s Kickstarter page for the details.