star trek stories

 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

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