Items tagged with Star Trek

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...
As we grow older, we find that we are less likely to be able to drink a soda and make it through a long movie. When is the best time to go? Generally, we have to guess. With an iPhone or iPod Touch and a new app, the guesswork may be over. It's called RunPee Mobile (seriously). For a mere $0.99 it tells you at which points in a movie you can safely "run" and "pee" without missing a hugely important plot point. The creators already had a web site call RunPee.com (same folks), but this is much more convenient, naturally, as you don't have to try to acquire the info before you get to the theater.... Read more...
This isn't technically a story on tech, or even on science, but how could we not write about the death of Alexander Courage, composer of the theme of the original Star Trek series (ST:TOS)? He was 88.Courage died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, his stepdaughter Renata Pompelli of Los Angeles, said Thursday. He had been in poor health for three years.Over a decades-long career, Courage collaborated on dozens of movies and orchestrated some of the greatest musicals of the 1950s and 1960s, including "My Fair Lady," "Hello, Dolly!" "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,"... Read more...
In general, Star Trek games have been cursed, with most of them being as good as the odd-numbered movies.   The curse continues.P2 Entertainment - formerly Perpetual Entertainment - has ceased development on Star Trek Online, according to multiple sources at the San Francisco based developer. The news does not, however, mean that the game is canceled. The license, as well as the game's content - but not the code - have been transferred to another Bay Area development studio where work will continue. It is not entirely clear at this time what this means for the individual developers who... Read more...
Remember when George Lucas digitally remastered the original Star Wars trilogy? He said it was to "finish the film the way it was meant to be." Most of the changes were cosmetic, enhancing the films with special effects that were not available when the films were first made. In a sense, we now have a similar version of Star Trek: The Original Series (ST: TOS).Star Trek finally made it to the 21st century. A new hybrid HD DVD/DVD box set, released Tuesday, delivers the original series' first-season shows, digitally remastered and looking better than ever before. The exterior space shots in Star... Read more...