Star Trek: The Next Generation is one of the very few shows that I would personally fork over a bunch of money to own in HD on Blu-ray, as soon as they get around to it. There's just one problem with my awesome plan: an HD conversion of the TNG episodes simply can't be done.
Deep breaths, Trekkies: a Star Trek theme park is in the works. A $1.5 billion Star Trek theme park, to be precise.
Today is June 16th, better known across the quadrant as Captain Picard Day, where schoolchildren everywhere celebrate by making lumpy clay sculptures of Captain Picard's head. Not having any schoolchildren handy (or any clay, for that matter), we're going to instead celebrate with 10 examples of why Captain Picard is so incredibly awesome. Of course, we're fairly certain that we didn't hit all of Captain Picard's high points here (since that would be impossible), so don't hold back, what'd we miss?
Think you're a Star Trek fan? In 1996, Barbara "The Commander" Adams shocked a lot of people by showing up for jury duty in a full Next Generation uniform, complete with Tricorder and possibly a phaser (she would have to check the sidearm at the door). She was very boldly trying to live in Gene Roddenberry's vision of the 23rd and 24th centuries. The world of 2011 may not seem much closer to the world of Trek than 1996, but it's actually possible for the average person to enjoy some of the technology and indeed even the environment of Star Trek in every day life. While some of the future technology, like transporters, tractor beams and cloaking devices are still in the laboratory, below is a list of items available to the consumer to either buy or build.
Now that Disney World has its own Star Wars "Star Tours" attraction, what about Star Trek fans? Fans of Captain Kirk and Spock will have to travel to Aqaba, Jordan to get their Dilithium crystal fix.
The interesting thing about those 1980s Star Trek Next Generation episodes is how those very fake looking control panels (black glass with colorful shapes for interfaces) are now, in the wake of the iPhone and iPad, becoming quite realistic. Thus this latest concept device is less pie-in-the sky design fancy, and now just another realistic alternative.
In what could possibly be the best news ever for Netflix, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space 9 will start streaming in all their glorious glory later this year. In other reasonably good news, so will TOS, Voyager, and Enterprise.
Star Trek: The Next Generation and Caprica have, for years now, shown us devices that transport the characters who use them to virtual locales, while we the viewers sit and pine over the experience on our couches. Until now! All the components you need to build your own step-in virtual world are here! First, let's settle on a model. Star Trek's holodeck, a room which can fool all five senses of those who enter as to immerse them in a world of their own choosing — whether it's a scene from Robin Hood or from the pages of Sherlock Holmes — is larger and more famous. We'll build that one. Sound impossible? Well, maybe not anymore.
So you're a Trekkie who's always dreamed of owning a communicator. Well, they still don't exist. Sorry! But you can turn your iPhone into one, sort of, using an app.
Have you ever wished that you lived on board the USS Enterprise? Well instead of dreaming, Marc DeVidts decided to do something to make his pad more Enterprise-like, by installing this awesome pneumatic sliding door in the entrance to his bedroom.