Onyx Brings Star Trek to life
It seems that all my sci-fi geek dreams are starting to come true. First we had the Hendo hoverboard showing a glimpse of the future promised to us some 25 years ago in “Back to the Future 2”. Now, thanks to internet startup OnBeep, we have a Star Trek style com-badge in the Onyx communicator.
While not quite as sleek as it’s Sci-fi counterpart, the Onyx communicator is a little larger than other clip on devices such as the Gigaset L410, but it’s not too large either. Another difference in is function is that it works more like a typical two-way radio with push-to-talk as opposed to a simple tap and talk like the TV show.
The Onyx communicator will let you chat with a group of friends with the push of the button and will allow you to have up to 15 people to chat to via the associated smart-phone app.
CEO Jesse Robins co-created the idea due to experiences he had as an emergency responder and had this to say,
During an incident, an emergency responder needs to be able to communicate with the rest of the team without losing focus. The last thing you want is to have your attention pulled away from the scene in an emergency
Will it take off?
So far bluetooth add-ons have still to really crack the mainstream. Yes many of us will have a bluetooth headset, but how often do you really use it out-with the car? In addition, I think if they made it a single press to talk to your team it will improve it’s functionality as most Two-way radios have a Vox-funciton which allows for complete hands-free operation and doesn’t need a data connection to work.
The Onyx communicator is expected to retail at $99 on it’s release this December.