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Star Trek Google Doodle celebrates birth of the original series

Star Trek Google Doodle celebrates birth of the original series

If you're a fan of the original Star Trek series, especially its role in modern science fiction history as well as television history, you'll be glad to see Google's newest Doodle, celebrating the birth of the series. It was on the 8th of September, 1966, that the show first broadcast its opening sequence, and set off "Where No Man Has Gone Before". The doodle was headed by Google's Ryan Germick who spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the situation, noting that it was Google's talk of a talking computer who could "get exactly what you want and have that kind of engagement, where the computer just knows all" just as it is in the Star Trek universe - thus this celebration was born.

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Fathead Star Trek lineup debuts

Fathead Star Trek lineup debuts

Fathead has been around for a long time with its giant wall stickers to decorate your home. The company started offering sports themed wall decorations with giant helmets and life-size athletes to stick on the wall. Over time the company added more and more categories to its lineup, including cars and entertainment decorations.

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3-D Vision CEO Gene Dolgoff speaks on his magical 2D to 3D conversion device

3-D Vision CEO Gene Dolgoff speaks on his magical 2D to 3D conversion device

This week we got the chance to speak with Gene Dolgoff, known for his invention of the LCD projector, digital projection in general, and his new device that's up on Fundable right this minute. As he's more than ready to let you know, he's also got an incredibly fun fact up his sleeve: he inspired Gene Roddenberry to create the holodeck in Star Trek. It's from there you'll find yourself a bit intrigued with the next step in our current abilities to present 3D video and images through our own devices - with help of 3-D Vision technology that Dolgoff presents here and now.

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KRE-O to unveil licensed Star Trek building sets at Comic-Con

KRE-O to unveil licensed Star Trek building sets at Comic-Con

For a long time if you wanted a blocky building set, Lego was the only way to go. Hasbro launched its own block building set line a year or so back called KRE-O. Some of the first building sets that were offered under the KRE-O brand were Transformers sets. KRE-O has announced that it will be officially unveiling its new licensed Star Trek sets at Comic-On on July 11.

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LeVar Burton resurrects Reading Rainbow via the iPad

LeVar Burton resurrects Reading Rainbow via the iPad

Today it's time to get happy all ye internet meme lovers, Trekkies, and LeVar Burton aficionados alike, as the legendary kids television series has been revived as an iPad app by none other than Geordi LaForge himself. Announcing his stepping on stage on Twitter for those not at the actual event, Burton spoke with a small crowd of invited press affiliates on the release of the official Reading Rainbow app this morning in NYC. This application will cost users $9.99 per month for a monthly subscription (or $26.99 for 6 months) and will contain complete books, videos, and learning experiences galore.

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Star Trek: TNG Season 1 Blu-ray available July 24th

Star Trek: TNG Season 1 Blu-ray available July 24th

Paramount released a sample Blu-ray containing three Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes a few months ago, and it seems to have gone down well with Trek fans. As a result, the first season of Star Trek: TNG will be coming to Blu-ray on July 24th, just in time for the 25th anniversary of the show. The set will feature six discs, 1080p video, and 7.1 DTS-HD MA audio, plus a host of bonus features.

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Spock meets NASA’s Enterprise for final flight

Spock meets NASA’s Enterprise for final flight

NASA this week has delivered the next of several shuttles from their now-complete program, this most recent perhaps being the most famous in its name and history: The Space Shuttle Enterprise. This particular shuttle was never actually flown into space, instead reserved for test missions vital to the success of the NASA shuttle program. This shuttle was named after the popular 1960's Star Trek Original Series ship, the Starship Enterprise, and was greeted at its birth and here at its final resting place by no less than Mr Spock himself!

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All five Star Trek captains on hand at October fan event in London

All five Star Trek captains on hand at October fan event in London

Growing up I tried to watch the original Star Trek on many occasions because it always seemed to be on during the summer. I just couldn't watch it, the show was too cheesy. When Star Trek: TNG hit the air with Picard at the helm, I really liked that show and Picard is the Star Trek captain for me. If you're a Trekkie, you need book your tickets to London for this October to attend the "Destination Star Track London" fan event.

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ThinkGeek Inflatable Star Trek Captain’s chair isn’t a prank

ThinkGeek Inflatable Star Trek Captain’s chair isn’t a prank

If you ever wanted to be Captain Kirk, you obviously need a captain's chair. Sure, you can craft your own from that metal folding chair your mom has since 1972 and a black Sharpie, but that won't get you any geek cred. What you need is to cough up to $24.99 and order ThinkGeek's new Star Trek Inflatable Captain's Chair.

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Specs for Linux-powered Star Trek tricorder published

Specs for Linux-powered Star Trek tricorder published

If you've ever watched Star Trek be it the old series or some of the newer series, you've seen the characters using tricorders. The tricorder is a little medical diagnostic device that is widely used in the Star Trek universe. People have been working to make the tricorder real and there is even a tricorder X prize for the first researchers to make a functional device.

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Lost original Star Trek script to be published as an e-book

Lost original Star Trek script to be published as an e-book

I was never a big fan of the original Star Trek series. It seemed like during the summers a kid it was on TV all the time, and I couldn't get past how cheesy it seemed. I am much more camp Piccard than camp Kirk. This is an interesting story about the original Star Trek, and if you're a fan of the original series, you may remember "The Doomsday Machine" episode. That episode was apparently one of the more popular episodes of the original series and was written by Norman Spinrad.

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3D printing may explode at rate incomparable to its 2D predecessor

3D printing may explode at rate incomparable to its 2D predecessor

If 3D printing advances as fast as 2D printing advanced, we'll be working with our own Replicators from Star Trek by the year 2080. It took just 40 years for the original printing press to turn over from the single Gutenberg press to get to a mass production scale across Europe, and much, much less time for computers to advance from massive machines to teeny-tiny chips. With advances like home-bound do it yourself printers and the fact that pirate sites across the web are now sharing model files so that you might print your own objects at home without effort, we've not got much time at all before advances are made to the tune of Earl Gray, Hot.

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