Items tagged with Star Trek

The Star Trek 50th anniversary celebrations just keep on comin’. Now, Microsoft Rewards is offering bonus points for select Star Trek movies and television shows. The company is “thrilled to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek with this bonus Microsoft Rewards offer, giving you the chance to relive your favorite moments from the classic franchise.”Customers can earn 500 points for selected movie rentals, 3,000 points for selected movie purchase, and 4,000 purchases on television series purchases. This offer excludes single TV episodes, games and music. Customers could even pre-order Star Trek... Read more...
Attention Starfleet! You can now communicate like a member of the USS Enterprise with the ThinkGeek exclusive Star Trek TNG Bluetooth ComBadge. ThinkGeek’s website states, “We've had a screen-accurate prop replica ST:TNG badge in our closet for a while. The only thing it was missing was the ability to emit the classic communicator chirp sound effect when we pressed it. And then we found out an audio company is making a fully-functioning officially-licensed communicator badge.” The Star Trek TNG ComBadge hooks up to smartphones through Bluetooth. It has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling... Read more...
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Star Trek “like” button. It’s September mission: to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and to boldly go where no social media site has gone before. Facebook is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with some fun, temporary features. Some people who have mentioned liking Star Trek on their Facebook page or status updates will be greeted by the USS Enterprise and be able to add a custom Star Trek frame to their profile picture. The legendary spaceship was constructed by hand-cutting and piecing together paper. The Facebook team... Read more...
Back in July, we brought you the news of a “real life” Star Trek Communicator that was patterned after the prop used in Star Trek: The Original Series. Produced by The Wand Company, the Communicator is little more than a glorified Bluetooth handset, but it damn sure does look good in the process. It should come as no surprise that Google engineers are also big fans of Star Trek, and there is likely no bigger fan on campus than Google Chief Software Engineer Amit Singhal. Singhal describes himself as a Trekkie at heart; one that is even able to recite several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation... Read more...
When I think of stairlifts, I instantly think of the movie Gremlins. In one rather hilarious scene, a Gremlin damages a stairlift, causing its to malfunction, which ends up launching the evil Mrs. Deagle out a second story window. Stairlifts are a handy aid for those that can’t physically navigate stairs without the help of others, but than can be an unsightly addition to your home decor. One English company, however, is using technology to do away with stair-based mobility systems in favor of one that more closely resembles an elevator (or a Star Trek Turbolift to the eyes of some). Terry Lifts... Read more...
Is that a tricorder in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? While we’ve seen handheld devices that mimic the look and feel of Star Trek Communicators, the handheld SCiO will truly make you feel like a member Dr. McCoy’s medical team. The SCiO turns science fiction into science fact by shrinking mass spectrometry technology used in traditional lab settings into a device small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. While [pricey] handheld spectrometers have been available for researchers, the SCiO is the first such device marketed directly at consumers after having a successful funding run... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Star Trek (and what true techie isn’t?), The Wand Company has just announced what could possibly be one of the greatest smartphone accessories that we’ve seen in quite some time. The company has built a true-to-life Communicator — yes, that Communicator which we saw Captain Kirk whip out on numerous occasions when leading his away team on the surface of uncharted planets. Part of what makes the Communicator so special is that it acts as a Bluetooth handset that connects to your smartphone (hands-free calling and music streaming is supported). So even though the Communicator is... Read more...
Developer Arc Games has decided to pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy by erecting three in-game memorials to the fallen actor in Star Trek Online, executive producer Stephen Ricossa announced. It’s a classy gesture to the man who spawned generations of fans through his character Spock, the pointy-eared half-Human/half-Vulcan. One of the memorials is an in-game stone statute of Spock that replaces the central structure on the fountain on Vulcan. Underneath is the inscription, "Live Long and Prosper." The same statue will also be added to New Romulus, but with the inscription, "The needs... Read more...
"Of all the souls I have encountered in my journey, his was the most… human." As a person that grew up watching reruns of the TOS, and watching the feature films over and over again (with particular emphasis on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), the news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing has hit me to the core. Leonard Nimoy, most famously known for his portrayal of Spock, died today at the age of 83. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) According to a report in The New York Times, Nimoy died in his own home, with the cause of death listed as end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary... Read more...
Star Trek’s universal translator is coming closer to fruition, and we have companies like Microsoft and Google to thank for the advances in this field. Microsoft’s Skype Translator, which is currently in beta, translates Skype video chats in both English and Spanish. Now, Google will soon update its Translate app for iOS and Android with two new features that we first told you about over the weekend. The first new feature is the new conversation mode that makes real-time translation and conversations “flow faster and more naturally.” Users first select the two languages that will be spoken and... Read more...
Paramount Pictures isn’t wasting anymore time now that it has found a new director for the third movie of the rebooted Star Trek film series. The studio announced that “Star Trek 3” is set to be released on July 8, 2016 – marking the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series which aired on September 8, 1966 on NBC.The news comes a day after Justin Lin, director of several of the “Fast & Furious” films, was announced as the movie’s new director after Robert Orci stepped down. Orci, who helped write the scripts for the previous two reboot films, took the captain’s chair after J.J. Abrams... Read more...
Microsoft has been updating and improving on Cortana, its personal assistant for the Windows Phone and a popular character from the Halo franchise, since it was rolled out. Microsoft’s response to Apple’s personal assistant Siri has continued to improve and expand with Bing integration and Cortana being brought to Nokia phones. Now, Microsoft is giving its personal assistant the ability to speak Klingon and use pictures. Windows Phone users who ask Cortana questions about Halo, where it is an artificial intelligence that helps the franchise’s protagonist Master Chief, or other... Read more...
A group of motivated (and distraught) Star Trek fans have banded together to completely restore the Enterprise D Bridge set that Paramount had destroyed after it finished filming Star Trek: Generations. The non-profit group reckons it will need precisely $240,000 to get the job done, the exact amount it's seeking on crowd funding site Indiegogo, which is just a fraction of the $600,000 the set originally cost in the 1990s. If the group is able to raise enough funds and restore the Enterprise, it will open the project to the public for meetings, movie showings, fundraisers, tours, fan filming, and... Read more...
There's been no new Star Trek TV series since Enterprise limped off screens in 2005, but the huge success of the 2009 Star Trek movie and the gradual growth of Blu-ray has caught CBS' attention (CBS acquired ownership of the Star Trek franchise in 2006). The broadcast company is preparing to release Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray -- with substantial improvements. The DVD boxed sets that exist today were created from the taped broadcasts that were shown in the early 90s. Rather than repackaging that material, CBS has gone back to the original film stock and started from scratch. "They're... Read more...
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