You Knew It Was Only A Matter Of Time – Just Released – Kirk’s Communicator
Ah yes, thanks to the Cult O’ Trek life is about to imitate art (or at least TV). Kirk’s Communicator was just released this morning turning your iPhone into a virtual communicator.
It is pretty amazing to realize that with all its techno-goodies, Star Trek ran from 1966 to 1969 and was cancelled after just three years due to LOW ratings. Go figure. Here we are 40 years later still watching the various runs of the show and creating gadgets and gizmos to satisfy our Trek-addiction.
Similar to some degree to Jules Verne, Gene Roddenberry’s work of fiction is increasingly non-fiction. Sure, we can’t beam from one place to another any more than we can use a tesseract to quickly move from one location to another. We do, however, have amazingly powerful handheld devices just like (okay, kind of similar to) the tricorder.
So why not go the extra step and turn your iPhone into a tricorder. Now you can.
Kirk’s Communicator is described by the developer in this way-
Boldly go where no iPhone has gone before. Now you can act like a crew member of the original series with Kirk’s Communicator. With a flick of the wrist, you can open and close your communicator. Tap the control knobs to hear many different sound effects. Tap the right knob repeatedly to hear 1 of 10 random custom sound effects. Single tap the communicator while it is closed to activate the help button. The display dial pulses and the lights glow just like the real thing. Be the center of attention at the next convention! Or just show it off and make your friends jealous. Use Kirk’s Communicator to prove your geek supremacy.
Translation… it isn’t a skin for the iPhone’s phone (as I expected it might be). No, Kirk’s Communicator doesn’t do anything but look and sound like a tricorder.
If you are a Trekkie… maybe it is worth the $.99. While I have always been a huge Star Trek fan… I think I’ll pass.