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.
Attention, Star Trek nerds: you now want this home automation center. Created by a seriously diehard Trekkie, this setup is custom-built to be pretty much exactly like Star Trek's LCARS user interface.
Star Trek's Starship Enterprise flies through space. Yokosuka Dry Docks' Enterprise doesn't have the necessary rocket boosters, so it does the next best thing — pretend to be a submarine.
The Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard's trusty starship in Star Trek: The Next Generation , is one hulking vessel. It's over 2,100 feet long and 1,500 feet wide, making it far larger than today's biggest Earthly vehicles. Now, one man wants to recreate it — digitally.
The USS Enterprise from Star Trek has had many incarnations, but it's always kept the same distinctive design. That instantly recognizable shape has been incorporated into untold different products — some actually useful. Browse the gallery below for 16 Enterprise-inspired items that you can actually buy.
For years, you've dreamed of owning a real-deal functioning communicator like the ones they used in Star Trek. And wouldn't you know it, but Nokia was actually working on one. They even made it so far as to build 14 prototypes before scrapping the project. And now one of those prototypes has appeared on eBay.
You've gotta think carefully about your final resting place. You could just be buried in a cemetery, I guess, but isn't that kind of impersonal? You want to be stored forever the way you lived: as a geek.
A clever design that does something in a new way is something we appreciate 'round these parts. This time? The humble zipper is up. Keep your hoodie zipped up, and you'll just see a hand. Zipped down a bit, and you've got the Vulcans' customary greeting.