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Build Your Own Star Trek Phaser

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By Chris Scott Barr

The three posters hanging in my living room are evidence enough that I’m definitely a Star Wars fan. I can appreciate Star Trek, but I’m not exactly a huge fan. Knowing how much I would give for a perfect replica of a lightsaber, I’m sure that fans of the Trek might be interested in this spiffy Type-I Phaser Kit, which lets you build a prop worth of the original show.

It’s a little strange that this is only being offered in kit-form. I guess assembling your own phaser will give you a bit more geek cred at the next con. All you need is $200 and a a free afternoon to be the envy of all your geeky friends.

[ ThinkGeek ] VIA [ Dvice ]

New Standoff Patient Triage Tool Could Be The Great Grandfather Of A Real-Life Tricorder

Star Trek Mark IX Science Tricorder Replica (Image courtesy Entertainment Earth) By Andrew Liszewski

A new medical diagnosis device known as the SPTT, or Standoff Patient Triage Tool, could be our first glimpse at a real-life tricorder, or at the least a primitive ancestor of one. The SPTT uses lasers to measure vibrations of a human head and chest to calculate the vital signs of a patient, like pulse, body temperature and muscle movement from a distance of up to 40 feet away.

Now the device is no replacement for a doctor or a paramedic, but in the event of an accident or emergency where there are multiple victims, it could let first responders determine who needs medical treatment first, a process known as triage. Normally it takes a medic about 3 to 5 minutes per person to determine the severity of their condition or injuries, but using the SPTT it could take as little as 30 seconds, which really could mean the difference between life and death.

The Standoff Patient Triage Tool is expected to start field tests sometime this Fall.

[ Scientific American – Trekkie triage: Could a new device aid medics? ] VIA [ io9 ]

Blockbuster Survey Reveals Most Popular Sci-Fi Stars


By Shane McGlaun

I was hooked on sci-fi the first time I saw Star Wars on video when I was a kid. I missed the first two in the theaters, but I saw Return of the Jedi like 18 times in one weekend. The New Star Trek film starts this week and to celebrate Blockbuster polled sci-fi fans to find the most popular starship captain.

According to the poll, the most popular captain was Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. Following him were James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Han Solo, and William Adama. Seriously, Picard is a better captain than Reynolds and Kirk, and he had all those catchy phrases like “Make it So.”

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Star Trek Already a Hit Movie at Fandango


By Shane McGlaun

If you are a movie fan, you know that the Star Trek film is set to launch this week. This should be one of the coolest films of the summer. At first, I didn’t like Sylar from Heroes as Spock, but with those crazy eyebrows, the dude makes a good Spock.

If you want to see the movie on opening weekend, you had better buy your tickets now. According to Fandango, the movie has sold out in more than 100 theater times around the country. The online ticket seller says that ticket sales for Star Trek alone make up 81% of its daily sales.

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Star Trek Scene It Board Game Announced


By Shane McGlaun

I tend to play more video games than board games, but when you have a group of friends over sometimes it can be fun to go old school and whip out some board games. Star Trek fans looking to prove that they have the most useless sci-fi factoids stored away in their neural net will be glad to hear a new Star Trek board game is available.

The game is called Star Trek Scene It and it’s a trivia game that uses a DVD to show clips from the various TV series and feature films int the Star Trek franchise. I see Picard is included on the box image; he was the best Enterprise captain ever if you ask me.

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Turn Your Room Into The Starship Enterprise


By Chris Scott Barr

I’m more than happy to admit that I have three Star Wars posters in my office, as well as an autographed picture of Chewbacca. What can I say, I’m a Star Wars geek. Even I have to draw the line somewhere. I really don’t think I could turn an entire wall into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, that would just be too much. However, if you’re a Star Trek fan and don’t mind going a bit over the top, then you might be interested in this wall mural.

For the low price of just $187 you can turn a 6’x10′ chunk of your wall into the cockpit of the original USS Enterprise. Now all you need is a replica of Kirk’s chair and the ladies will be lining up outside your door.

[ Urban Collector ] VIA [ The Awesomer ]

Star Trek Fragrances, Yep… Star… Trek… Fragrances…

Genki Star Trek Fragrances (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

It looks like the Star Trek marketing machine is up to full speed again (warp 9?) so besides new toys, games and collectibles, you’ll soon be able to add a set of Trek-themed fragrances to your Captain Kirk shrine. Created by Genki Wear, the trio of scents will be available in department stores come April for about $30-40 a bottle, and will include names like “Tiberius”, “Red Shirt” and “Ponn Farr.”

I really have no idea what to say, except please don’t get any ideas Mr. Lucas. (Though I imagine Yoda would have a pleasing bouquet…)

[ – Trek Spring Collection Preview: First Look At Genki Star Trek Fragrances ] VIA [ Slashdot ]

Star Trek Themed 20 Questions Probably Doesn’t Ask Why Anyone Would Want This

20 Questions Star Trek Edition Game (Image courtesy Entertainment Earth)
By Andrew Liszewski

With a new and improved Star Trek film just around the corner, we all better brace ourselves for an onslaught of movie merchandise that will probably rival the efforts of the Lucas camp. Like a Star Trek themed version of 20 Questions for example. Besides being shaped like the classic Enterprise, making it completely pocket-unfriendly, this edition of 20 Questions is chock full of trivia from the Star Trek movies, television series and characters. So with just 20 questions you’ll be amazed as the game manages to quess that you still have a creepy obsession with Seven of Nine.

20 Questions Star Trek Edition will be available from Entertainment Earth sometime in March for about $21.

[ 20 Questions Star Trek Edition Game ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Star Trek: The Experience To Return To Las Vegas

Star Trek: The Experience - Now Closed (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve never been to Las Vegas and Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton, that photo I took at CES this year won’t make much sense to you. But if you ever had the chance to eat an over-priced novelty-themed meal at Quark’s bar, or experience the ‘transporter effect’ on the Star Trek ride, you might recognize that as the front entrance to Star Trek: The Experience, which is now boarded up since it was officially shut down last September thanks to a contract dispute.

But all is not lost. According to SCI FI Wire a new contract has been signed with CBS/Paramount that will see Star Trek: The Experience re-open in Vegas on May 8 to coincide with the release of the new Star Trek movie. (Thanks again, Mr. Abrams!) However, the new trek experience will actually be moved to the Neonopolis Center in downtown Las Vegas (close to Fremont street) and it will feature a new restaurant and retail shop at opening, with new Star Trek rides being planned for 2010.

So the original Star Trek: Experience at the Hilton is officially gone forever, but like with the movies, I think the franchise can definitely benefit from a fresh start.

[ SCI FI Wire – Confirmed: New contract to keep Star Trek The Experience alive in Vegas ]