Friday, August 12, 2005

Trekkie Tech

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Today's post is brought to you by the letters Q and X and the number 13.

People love their movie paraphenalia. By people, of course, I mean geeks. And by paraphenalia, I mean things that are replicas of, or closely resemble, props from their favourite shows and movies. Companies like Master Replicas do a fair trade in fantastic replica products at exorbitant prices. So it's only natural that periodically, this trend will eventually spill over from the collectors' circles into the real world.

Sona Mobile, a mobile software company, is partnering with Viacom Consumer Products to bring you the Star Trek Communicator phone. Featuring a black body and face plate, the Star Trek Communicator Phones will strongly resemble the devices featured on the show. Once you flip it open you are greeted with the typical cell phone layout, dripping with Star Trek features.

Trekkies fans will have to shell out an extra $10 per month on top of their cellphone plans to own the special Star Trek phones but will get access to trekkie specific features. These will include instant Star Trek community message boards and a computer game called Fleetwars that phone users will be able to play with other phone users around the country. A Trekkie will even be able to download any Star Trek episode in streaming video on demand.

The only thing they forgot to add is a speakerphone option so you can actually hold it a distance away and give it your best Captain Kirk scowl as you bark your orders for pizza into it with....great.....emphasis.

It won't be long now folks. As soon as they invent the tractor beam I'm getting one installed on my couch. That way when I need a beer I can just activate it and have the beer come to me.

Yeah, there's a good idea. They'd have to invent the transporter then just to beam my bloated corpse out of the house since the doors would all be too small.


Blogger Denny Shane said...

After seeing my first Ginzu knife commercial I began wanting everything I saw on TV... the doctors think this is where all of my problems had their genesis...

I'd like a tractor beam also, but not for beer... I'd want it for more important things like beaming beautiful females into my home, and then we could have a nice steak dinner while using my indestructable Ginzu knives... the same knives I recently used to shred my tires with and cut up all those pesky beer cans.

8:31:00 AM  
Blogger Charlie Gordon said...

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a Trekkie, but I still think that is a really cool idea. There is no end to the specialty markets that could pander to their fans just by offering streaming video.

Hell, porn phones would sell by the truckloads.

8:59:00 AM  
Blogger Herge Smith said...

Ginzu knives? Were they the ones that could cut through a shoe? And much lambasted by the great Jerry Seinfeld?

AS for the phone/communicator/badge of virginity... Gotta agree with Chuckie G, does sound cool.

I won't buy one though, I'll encourage a mate to buy one, and then when he has it I'll mock him mercilessly.

9:01:00 AM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

What is it with Star Trek? Since we have Captain Kirk Advertising Kellogs All Bran in the UK at the moment. I may have a use for a transporter beamy thingymebob!!

9:32:00 AM  
Blogger Sask 1 said...

I think that looks pretty cool.Not sure i'd pay the extra but it looks good.

10:36:00 AM  
Blogger GlitterGlamGirl05 said...

OMG, I think I'm in love. My inner geek is showing through, eh?

10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Martini said...


11:14:00 AM  
Blogger t~ said...

That is soo cool! *In the voice of my children* I want it!!! Can I have one? Please, please, please? PLEEEEEASE Can I have one? I promise to clean my room!

Oh, wait a minute! What's that bit about no speaker phone? Well, shoots that defeats the whole purpose... Nevermind... I'll pass. Hey, maybe they'll add that to the next one! But I wonder how something like speakerphone could have been an oversight on the design of the "Star Trek" phone? I mean, duh, I never saw them hold it up to their ear a single time on the show... :D

12:44:00 PM  
Blogger katie said...

I can see the 60 car pile-ups now...

2:39:00 PM  
Blogger katie said...

I can see the 60 car pile-ups now...

2:39:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh geez....

6:35:00 PM  
Blogger ms. creek said...

i would love to be able to say , "Beam Me Up, Scotty" and somebody, somewhere take me away, sorta like Calgonite.

10:00:00 PM  
Blogger PBS said...

When my son lived in an apartment, his roommate was a Trekkie. The place was decorated with plastic figures and replicas and models!

10:52:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm not a Trekkie myself, but I can see those selling out like hot cakes.

and why bother with a tracker beam thingy? could just as easily get a beer coming to you with the use of a large magnet (maybe even the whole dang fridge lol).

11:59:00 PM  
Blogger mrhaney said...

i like some one that is always thinking of a new idea. have a good weekend rainy pete.

2:06:00 AM  
Blogger ...just-rambling... said...

I'm hoping that transporter technology is invented soon. Not for beer or pizza, but just to save time and eliminate traffic.

12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

I think I may even want one of those phones!

And a transporter and a holodeck if possible. Oh and Uhura's figure!

6:50:00 AM  
Blogger dan said...

i'd buy one if it weren't for the lack of transporter beam

2:14:00 PM  
Blogger Ms Vile File said...

I am not a Trekkie, but I think those 'phones are blimming spiffy.

I not sure about the tractor beam, although a tractor could be useful. No more weeding the garden. Just dig it up and start again.

4:02:00 PM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

Dude, I just watched Trekkies 2 on cable, and now I'm so into my Trek mode again. Living through your post. I want a transporter.

4:03:00 PM  
Blogger Carol (Smiles and Laughter) said... ;)

4:39:00 PM  
Blogger L said...

awesome! I actually kind of want one, even though I am not, in fact, a Star Trek fan. It's just SO geekalicious!

6:24:00 PM  
Blogger jon said...

When I attended the one and only Star Trek convention of my life, I came home the proud owner of a Tribble, from "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode.

7:00:00 PM  
Blogger SquirrleyMojo said...

i getting one!

10:08:00 PM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

I.... love..... Star Trek!

That was my Captain Kirk. You like?

I want one of those phones. Seriously. Not too many people in my everyday life know of my hubby's and my obsession with all things Trek. Ohhhhhhhhh I love Netflix and all the episodes at my fingertips!

11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

I have an official replica of Nenya - Galadriel's ring from the LOTR Trilogy.

1:47:00 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Does that count as geekiness?

1:50:00 PM  

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