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This article and many others has a quote from Star Trek: Beyond writer Simon Pegg, saying that while writing the script, he reached out to Memory Alpha for help naming a device.

We actually wrote to the Memory Alpha guys and got them to name a certain device in the movie. I sent them a letter saying, ‘Can you come up with this for me?’ In two hours, they came back with an entire etymological history of what the thing was. It’s beautiful. It’s fantastic to have that support network.

Now that the movie is out, is there any indication as to what device this was?

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  • Wait, like they made up a name? Considering the plot only had like three things, the main weapon, the camouflage or holo projectors, and her trap, that seems pretty weird.
    – cde
    Jul 25, 2016 at 2:58
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    @cde: Yeah, my assumption was that it was the weapon, but I'm looking for any proof of that. Alternatively, Scotty technobabbles at one point about turning something (don't remember what) into pattern enhancers, and I'm wondering if that was it?
    – Arclite
    Jul 25, 2016 at 3:00
  • I think it was plasma beacon or phase beacon or something?
    – cde
    Jul 25, 2016 at 3:10
  • I think a good candidate would be the antiquated medical devices which McCoy uses to treat Spock. There's a bit of discussion from McCoy about what exactly the devices are and what they can be used for.
    – recognizer
    Jul 25, 2016 at 21:40

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It appears the answer to this question is vokaya, the Vulcan mineral that

Spock gives a necklace of to Uhura, which is later used to locate the crew.

Beyond being mentioned in that Memory Alpha page:

This mineral was named by Daniel C. Carlson and Harry Doddema, the founders of Memory Alpha.

It's also mentioned by Simon Pegg himself in this video, which is what finally led me to the answer.

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    He gave his girlfriend a radioactive tracking device?!?!
    – cde
    Aug 8, 2016 at 5:30
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    @cde that was not his intention
    – Tom Kidd
    Sep 8, 2016 at 16:17

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