Anton Yelchin, known for his character Chekov in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films, died in a freak accident early Sunday morning at the age of 27. "They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate," according to a report. This discovery was made at 1am, after Yelchin was several hours late for a rehearsal with friends. The car engine was reportedly still running, and the transmission in neutral. Continue reading for a video of Star Trek bloopers, featuring Yelchin, in happier times.
Star Trek fans rejoice! Designer Dave Delisle has created a North Face shuttlecraft tent that may not be suited for intergalactic travel, but would be great for the outdoors. When set up, it can comfortable accommodate two people, and the design easily folds into a carrying case after a good night's rest. "It's not such a far-fetched idea. Star Trek V began with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy camping in the great outdoors," said Delisle. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pool being filled with liquid nitrogen and then set on fire.
The Star Trek White Noise Sleep Machine from ThinkGeek may not be real...yet, but there are rumors that this will hit the market before the holidays. This sleep machine provides 8 different sounds from 5 familiar spacecraft to gently lull you to sleep. You can use the LCARS touch screen display to select a ship or station, whose schematic will pop up in the next window, while resting your head on your pillow and watch the stars race by, projected onto the ceiling. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
There are Christmas sweaters, and then this outfit, which appears to be straight from the wardrobe of the Star Trek Starfleet crew. Reddit user "LadyDrinksAlot" spotted this woman out shopping, and just had to snap an image for everyone online to see, as even the golden Christmas tree brooch looks like an authentic badge at first glance. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the unreleased "Punisher" short, starring Thomas Jane, called "Dirty Laundry".
Researchers have developed a real-life tractor beam that uses sound to capture and maneuver objects in mid-air, similar to the one used in Star Trek, has been developed. How does it work? The technology basically focuses waves of high intensity sound to grab, lift and move small items in a similar way a human hand, or a pair of tweezers, would. Dozens of miniature ultrasonic loudspeakers are used to create an acoustic 'hologram' in the air above it in other words. Though it's a long way from being powerful enough to capture larger objects, it could be perfect for assembling electronic components or for doctors conducting surgery. Continue reading for another video on tractor beams and more information.
A Star Trek fanatic has built the ultimate home in a quiet suburb of Houston, Texas, but now he's selling it. Listed at $1.27 million, this 6,000-square-foot mansion's main focal point is a cinema room designed to look like Star Trek's USS Enterprise. "He's always been interested in space travel, in being in the stars, and he decided that if there was no way to travel to the stars, he'd bring them here," listing agent William Machupa said of the seller. Continue reading for more pictures.
Forget normal stairlifts, the Star Trek-inspired Lifestyle Home Elevator consists of a glass-paneled pod that can be installed in a corner, and runs along a pair of rails that hide the hydraulic mechanism from sight. What sets this elevator apart from others is its shaft-less design, which means that you can leave it upstairs when you're downstairs, and vice-versa, leaving only rails visible. In case of an emergency, the microswitches on the bottom trigger an emergency brake as soon as one of them is touched. Continue reading for another video and more information.
This Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise pizza cutter is officially licensed, and has a stainless-steel blade with a sleek solid, zinc-alloy, chromium-plated body. It's no toy either, as it measures 7" long, 4.25" wide, and has a 4" blade diameter. Get one here now and you'll be able to "explore strange new crusts, seek out new cheeses / toppifications and to boldly cut pizza where no one has cut before." Continue reading for a hands-on review and more information.
Furniture designer Barry Shields takes blocks of wood and crafts them into beautiful custom coffee tables. His latest projects include a Star WArs X-wing starfighter and Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise. Now the only thing that could possibly make these better would be matching coffee mugs and / or trays. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video that provides a first look at "Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man".
There's the Star Trek Phaser Remote, and then this iPhaser, designed by Martin Hajek. Apparently, Apple's Jony Ive gave JJ Abrams design tips on how some of the Star Wars props should look, and we all know how big of a Trekkie the director is also, so it would only make sense to show what a modern phaser would look like. Hajek says that it "comes with [a] changeable leather strap, touch-screen control to fine-tune your stun-settings and more." Unfortunately (or fortunately), it may be a while, if ever, until we see this being sold in stores. Continue reading for more pictures.