Misc. Gadgets

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TV remotes just leveled up into a whole new universe of cool thanks to ThinkGeek and their new Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control. From the press release:

This exceptionally accurate and highly detailed working replica will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con on July 23 and can be experienced first-hand at ThinkGeek’s booth (#3849).

Created from meticulous 3D scans of the last known hero prop from the original Star Trek series, the Phaser Universal Remote Control is a fully functional gesture-based universal remote control suitable for controlling many home entertainment systems and other IR controlled devices.

Seamlessly blending functionality and perfect form, the 1:1 scale Phaser is equipped with 10 authentic phaser firing sounds, tactile force-feedback, a customizable personal lock code, and can store up to 36 remote commands.

Yep. you can finally use a phaser to turn the TV on and off and make pew pew noises with an actual phaser instead of your boring remote. (Well, I don’t know if you do that, but I know I do.)

The Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control will be available at ThinkGeek.com beginning early November 2014.

We’ve got a great rundown on the features and info on this beauty, so head after the jump to see more.

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warp drive handbrake

Emergency brakes are a necessary safety feature, so since you have to have one, why not make it geeky? Redditor eacos shared a picture of a car that has a warp drive style handbrake that would make me want to use my emergency brake much more often.

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As far as gizmos go, this Star Wars R2-D2 Virtual Keyboard is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Instead of projecting a hologram of Princess Leia, this R2 unit projects a virtual keyboard onto any flat surface. It also boops, beeps and whistles just like R2 when you turn it on, turn it off, crank up the volume or adjust the brightness of the keyboard. It even makes sounds as you type. This little guy will be available this September and if you’d like to see how it works, watch the video after the break…

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Talk about a trip down memory lane! This new LEGO set, officially called the Fairground Mixer set, premiered over the weekend at the Sydney Brickshow in Sydney, Australia, and pays homage to that childhood wonder we all loved: the traveling carnival. Dangerously rickety rides, sketchy carnival workers, imposing eighteen wheelers and, of course, tons of vomit—it’s all been magically transformed into awesome LEGO!

There are over 1,700 pieces (as well as 12 Minifigs, including one that has a special “vomit face” look) that come with the set, and it even includes a hand-cranked “mixer” ride—which, if you’re clever and handy with machines, you could probably hook up to an electric motor. The price for this set is a little steep: $149.99. But, come on, the nostalgia factor alone is totally worth the price!

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3D printers can print just about anything these days, even pizzas. But now, thanks to a program called Mineways, 3D printers can print actual Minecraft worlds. Dave Russell is a hardcore Minecraft fan, and he used the open source 3D program to bring his digital creations to life.

Photo Credit: Eric Haines (Mineways, Flickr)

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Apparently, Ma-Ti wasn’t useless after all.

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Sure, The Doctor may have his sonic screwdriver, but we 21st-century humans have something almost as good: smartphones! The only drawback is that you have to charge them frequently. But now Doctor Who fans can charge their smartphones, especially their iPhones, with this cool Doctor Who TARDIS iPhone Stand. It’s laser-etched, and is made from blue acrylic. It also holds a notch for a charger. Added bonus: you don’t need The Eye of Harmony to power this TARDIS! You’re welcome.

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In celebration of MacGyver’s birthday on March 23rd, the folks at iFixit came out with this Action Hero Tool Kit that has everything you need to fix, well, everything. You’ll get such must-haves as a bobby pin, a strike-anywhere match, a rubber band, a piece of bubble gum, a birthday candle, a paper clip, a shoelace, a one-cent stamp, and a small piece of duct tape.

Clearly, this kit is all any human needs to survive whatever life throws in their direction. If you’re MacGyver, you probably only need half of this stuff and scoff at those of us who need the whole kit.

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iron man armor suitcase

Iron Man 2 isn’t one of the best Marvel movies, but it did have plenty of eye candy. The scene on the race track where Tony Stark’s armor springs to life from a suitcase is the most memorable of the film, and you can almost re-live it with this prop replica. The Mark V armor suitcase fuel cell is a 1/4 scale replica, and it was made from official Marvel references such as the original prop and 3D digital files.

Besides looking spectacular, the suitcase serves as a power supply to keep your phones, mobile devices, and gaming consoles charged and at full power. Tony Stark would appreciate both the look and function.

Pre-order now for an estimated ship date of April.

Product Page ($99.99)