Majel Barrett-Roddenberry plays Nurse Chapel during in the original Star Trek series of the 1960s.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry plays Nurse Chapel during in the original Star Trek series of the 1960s.

Google is rumored to be almost ready to release their interpretation of Siri, the computerized personal assistant found on the latest release of the iPhone, the 4s. Google’s developers are showing their geekiness by naming the project after the actress (and wife of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry) who was the long time voice of the computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager and their subsequent movie releases.

The project is nicknamed Majel, after Majel Barrett-Roddenberry : the voice of Star Trek‘s Federation Computer. The initial release of Majel will be limited to Google search queries, but is expected to eventually incorporate actions for system settings and third-party apps. Majel could be released to the public by the end of the year, but an early 2012 launch is more likely.

The Star Trek-related codename may have significance. In an October interview, Google’s Matias Duarte said that its approach to voice control was similar to the starship Enterprise; it wouldn’t pretend to be a spunky person, it’s just a computer that can talk, listen, and interpret. In other words, don’t expect the Android equivalent to have any of Siri’s cheekiness.

(via Geek.com)

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