Last year CBS announced that one of their new Star Trek licensees was Dream Cheeky, the maker fun computer accessories. Dream Cheeky revealed their first Trek Device, a USB TOS communicator, at the recent CES show in Vegas. Today TrekMovie has more details and high resolution images of the first ever official Star Trek VOIP/Skype communicator, plus we have news on what is next from Dream Cheeky.
One to beam down to your computer
The Dream Cheeky Star Trek USB Communicator allows you to talk to your friends Captain Kirk style, with a replica Star Trek The Original Series communicator that hooks up to your computer via a USB cable. The device will work as a VOIP/Skype phone as well as with AIM, MSN, Yahoo and Google voice chatting (on PC), and AIM, iChat and Yahoo voice chat on Mac.
The device has a built in microphone, speaker, volume control, mute control and various indicator lights. There is also a Velcro patch so that you can attach it to your computer (or your uniform, if you prefer). It even has sound effects and sound clips from TOS.
The USB Communicator should be available by late April or Early May (hopefully by the time the new Star Trek movie opens), and will be priced around $49.99. They will be sold at ThinkGeek.com and other retailers. TrekMovie will provide an update when they are available for pre-order.
More star Trek items for later in 2009 – including Bluetooth communicator
The USB Communicator is just the start for Dream Cheeky, they are currently working on a number of other electronic Star Trek devices, including:
- Bluetooth TOS communicator
- Web cam (shaped as the USS Enterprise)
- LCD photo key chain (shaped as Starfleet badge)
All of those sound cool, but the Bluetooth communicator sounds the coolest. Such a device would not only work like the USB communicator (above), but with the added benefit of being wireless. This means you can use it with both Bluetooth enabled computers, but also with any Bluetooth mobile phone, enabling you to use Kirk’s old communicator as you real phone as you go out on your own landing parties. No pricing yet, but will likely be a bit more than the USB Communicator. TrekMovie will have more details on these devices when available.
For more on Dream Cheeky, visit DreamCheeky.com. (Star Trek devices not yet on the site)