Star Trek fans rejoice! Chairman Liu Dejianof China-based NetDragon Websoft modeled the company's new headquarters after Star Trek's USS Enterprise. After acquiring the licensing rights from CBS, they set out to construct the building, and so far, it's taken six years of construction (2008-2014) and $160-million. Continue reading for an aerial video and more information.
The Wand Company's Star Trek Phaser looks like just another prop at first, but it's actually a fully-functional remote control. It includes a small, hand-held Type I Phaser, which slides snugly into a larger Type II Phaser body complete with removable pistol-grip. Whether if you are turning a dial or using the fully functioning gesture-based control system, you'll have up to 36 commands to choose from and 10 different phaser sounds. Since it's a universal remote, you can easily program this to work with televisions, Blu-ray players and more. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video demonstration and more information.
This Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set isn't just for looks, it's modeled after the iconic starship NCC-1701 from the original series, and comes complete with a wooden base to use as a plate. That's not all, the saucer of the ship opens up to double as a soy sauce dish, and the blue warp trails can be pulled off to be used as chopsticks. Product page. Continue reading for one more picture and information.
Three decades ago, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. He played a variety of other stage and screen roles, wrote poetry and pursued photography, but his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock remained indelible and inescapable. Nimoy died Friday, age 83, of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. Continue reading for another video and more information.
If the USS Enterprise from Star Trek were edible, it'd probably look something like this creation from Black Market Bakery. This multi-layer creation features discs of gingerbread decorated with candy cane accents, complete with serial numbers made from icing, and to top it off, peppermint sticks form a laser beam suspending the ship in the atmosphere. That's not all, on its base, marshmallows and candy canes form a frozen-looking tundra as the Enterprise hovers above. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate pop-a-shot-arcade basketball arcade player.
This awesome Star Trek Borg Cube fridge just might be the geekiest ever. Simply plug it into a standard 120V AC outlet - or it can be powered by 12V DC power source - and set it to cool or even heat. ThinkGeek says that with "the Borg Cube Fridge, your great food will be contained until it can be assimilated... into your face." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny exam answers and hilarious school images gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy Rube Goldberg machine that uses light instead of the normal trinkets.
It may not be a true holodeck, but scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Science have managed to create their own version with an Oculus Rift headset and a room full of cameras. Oculus is used to replicate the experience of being in a Star Trek holodeck, which means their users can still walk around the room unhindered, thanks to multiple infrared cameras setup around the room, which communicate with the wireless headset. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Star Trek fans rejoice! Now you can boldly go beyond ordinary TV remote controls with this replica Star Trek phaser by The Wand Company, which was built using access to the original weapon first used nearly 50 years ago in the original series. This gadget has a 36 channel memory and makes 10 authentic phaser firing sounds. Continue reading for a video of a previous model and more information on this one.
James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise, appearing in numerous television episodes, films, books, comics, and video games. As the captain of the starship USS Enterprise, Kirk leads his crew as they explore "where no man has gone before". The town of Riverside, Iowa, petitioned Roddenberry and Paramount Pictures in 1985 for permission to "adopt" Kirk as their town's "Future Son". Paramount wanted $40,000 for a license to reproduce a bust of Kirk, but the city instead set a plaque and built a replica of the Enterprise (named the "USS Riverside"), and the Riverside Area Community Club holds an annual "Trek Fest" in anticipation of Kirk's birthday. Continue reading for more.
Scottish researchers claim to have developed the most powerful version of a tractor beam to date using the power of sound. That's right, it uses ultrasound energy to pull a hollow triangular object towards the energy source. In a different project, researchers demonstrated another piece of sci-fi technology - Dr Who's sonic screwdriver - could also be created using a similar ultrasound array. Continue reading for two videos and more information.