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Star Trek VOIP/Skype USB Communicator Coming Soon + Bluetooth Communicator Later in 2009 February 9, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Merchandise,TOS , trackback

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.



Dream Cheeky USB Star Trek Communicator (click to enlarge)

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.



Dream Cheeky USB Star Trek Communicator (click to enlarge)

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.



Dream Cheeky USB Star Trek Communicator fact sheet
(click to enlarge)

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:

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)

 


 

 

Comments

1. steveII - February 9, 2009

Hmmmm. Not sure I need this.

2. Matt Wiley - February 9, 2009

It has begun. We are now in the future. We should start calling 2009 twenty oh nine.

3. Not A Red Shirt - February 9, 2009

I want a truly wireless communicator. Why don’t any major wireless providers make these available? Surely there are enough trekkies/trekkors that would buy them…

4. Anthony Pascale - February 9, 2009

Not a red shirt…did you read the whole article?

5. Not A Red Shirt - February 9, 2009

Yikes… sorry, Anthony. I got so excited about it, I skimmed recklessly! A must-buy.

6. Drapera - February 9, 2009

I can barely read the MAC properties on the package. Does it not work with Skype on MAC?

7. The Riddler - February 9, 2009

I don’t need this but I’m buying it.

8. MC Doctor - February 9, 2009

(4)

Nope, he did not.

He’s now first to beam down.

Remember, Red Shirt, stand between Kirk and the acid-spitting rock creature.

HA!

9. Sybok's Secret Brother - February 9, 2009

Neato! I like! Wish they made a cell phone like it…

10. Trekmatt - February 9, 2009

The bluetooth one sounds tempting :)

11. Sean4000 - February 9, 2009

I hope the Linux community will hack this and make it work on ubuntu!

12. Anthony Pascale - February 9, 2009

Drapera
RE: Mac properties…well it is laid out in the article and the sheet says ‘click to enlarge’ underneath it

but no apparently it doesnt work with Skype on the Mac…i dont know why

13. Sean4000 - February 9, 2009

#6, According to the box, it does not.

14. I am not Herbert - February 9, 2009

Nerd-gasm! …must have Bluetooth version!! =O

15. Skippy2k - February 9, 2009

Bluetooth communicator…sweet. I’ve seen those made online but too expensive, look forward to seeing this one.

16. weerd1 - February 9, 2009

Bluetooth is ok, but why not just make a cellphone? Mine right now is much smaller than the communicator, it can’t be too hard to mix the tech. I’m willing to forego a camera phone for a communicator. It should all be workable though…

17. Doug - February 9, 2009

Cool. Can’t wait to buy one and actually put it in a communicator replica that doesn’t look like crap!

18. Star Trackie - February 9, 2009

Fun stuff! Count me in for the bluetooth version.

19. Kyle Cawley - February 9, 2009

It would be so ridiculous to see someone actually using one of these as a cell phone! Cool idea, but I challenge anyone here to bear the social ostracism that would come along with public use of the bluetooth communicator. That should be included in the price.

20. Mot - February 9, 2009

I wonder what the sound quality will be like? Guess I’ll just buy one and find out.

21. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - February 9, 2009

Ok. Im A Total Geek. I want One. I shall have him. Ok. the Phone and USB. This is so great. Anthony. You Da MAN!!!

22. Derf - February 9, 2009

I’ll hold out for the bluetooth one, but yeah, I think I might have to have one of those :)

23. Robogeek - February 9, 2009

The Bluetooth Communicator will be a must-have — assuming it’s reasonably priced (say, $60-75), and has good speakerphone capability.

But the USB Communicator just seems utterly pointless. Who wants a cable-tethered communicator? It totally defeats the purpose.

Of course, what I _really_ want (and what we all really need) is a standalone WiFi VOIP Communicator with voicedial. That would rock, and would sell like hotcakes.

Make it so, Dream Cheeky!

24. TrekMadeMeWonder - February 9, 2009

Bluetooth Communicator?

I like it alot.

25. I'm dead Jim - February 9, 2009

Does the moire disc spin? It’s gotta spin before I buy one.

26. Unbel1ever - February 9, 2009

Well, Dream Cheeky is on the Cebit next month. I’m there on bussiness, so maybe I’ll be able to check it out there.

27. Tom - February 9, 2009

#12
I’m pretty sure it’s possible to get it to work, it might just need a few tweaks.

28. AdmNaismith - February 9, 2009

It took this long for someone to put out so much as a USB mic in the shape of a Communicator?
It’s no wonder the Chinese are beating us.

29. OneBuckFilms - February 9, 2009

The BlueTooth Communicator looks like a Must Have !!

The USB Communicator could be great fun too.

30. I am Kurok! - February 9, 2009

Must. . . . fight. . . . . urge. . . . .to. . . . . buy……..

Nice detail.

31. Illogical - February 9, 2009

Been making these for nearly 3 years now….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJe_luMt4J0

32. shadow - February 9, 2009

Hrm… I think I’m going to hold out for the Bluetooth one because that would be sick to have for my phone…. although the girlfriend will probably just sigh when I whip that baby out in public and say “Kirk here, go ahead.”

33. Peter N - February 9, 2009

Bluetooth TOS communicator as cell phone extension: I say thee, “Aye!” Much cooler than those earsets – those make us look like the Borg. Resistance will prove futile as far as trying not to buy this item is concerned.

34. Starman - February 9, 2009

It’s cool, but is it really that useful?

If I need to use my phone, I use my cell (iPhone).

If I want to talk to people using Skype, chances are you want to use a headset to remove echo.

Apart from it being a communicator, I see no practical use for it.

The Bluetooth one, maybe.

35. Scott B. here. - February 9, 2009

I finally understand why Scotty spoke into the mouse in Star Trek IV: The One with the Whales.”

Scott B. out.

36. Donn - February 9, 2009

Woah, I’d totally take a bluetooth one. Though I’d rather somehow retrofit my razr, or skin it somehow, to be a communicator. Its flip action is similar enough (and certainly inspired by the original).

37. Kayla Iacovino - February 9, 2009

The Blutooth communicator looks bomb. I can use that to contact my friends at the con.

38. Duncan MacLeod - February 9, 2009

The bluetooth one will be great for using at home, I wont have to tak the phone off the charger

39. Adam Shepherdson - February 9, 2009

This will work with any computer people.. its just a usb speaker\ microphone.. dont worry!

And YES it will work on linux (Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex user here!)

40. naHQun - February 9, 2009

After a while I start skimming comments… The USB one won’t work for me b/c I don’t have home internet. The Bluetooth seems pretty cool but didn’t someone do that allready?
A few years back I heard about someone making a communicator phone, even signed up to be e-mailed when they were done. No news yet.

41. Andy Patterson - February 9, 2009

Have to admit,…this is something I really would have liked to have had ten years ago. Especially just as a phone. As big a geek as I am it seems a little redundant right now. Ah, the things I yearned for as kid but were’nt available. It’s all finally caught up….30 something years late, albeit.

42. frederick - February 9, 2009

The Future… Is Now.

Using this will make calls cooler and bring a smile to my face.

43. Lt Cmdr Broccoli - February 9, 2009

I have got to get me one of those !!!

44. Buddykarl - February 9, 2009

I wonder what the price for the bluetooth device will be vs the one Illogical makes(of which I am not sure the price), which is sweet! Thx for the youtube vid link there Illogical.

45. Hallbjorn - February 9, 2009

I’m so getting those !!

46. Devon - February 9, 2009

Skype is awesome. We actually have it as our main home phone! We pay like around $20.00 every three months for complete home phone service. It is great. I might have to check into this!

47. Fansince9 - February 9, 2009

I want the blue tooth communicator. Cool!

48. Angry but I'll get over it - February 9, 2009

Sold!

49. John from Cincinnati - February 9, 2009

I love it! I like the old TOS communicator the best.

But…people won’t recognize it after the new movie comes out. They’ll wonder why it isn’t white and gray plastic with a porthole on the front of it.

50. captblsisko - February 9, 2009

I’ve been talking about making the bluetooth one for over a week since I discovered the $300 one at Parksabers: http://parksabers.com/startrekcommunicator.html

I am so glad that Paramount/CBS/Desilu finally licensed the thing out to be made! I am soooooooo there!

51. OM - February 9, 2009

….This is at least closer to the real thing than that damn “Star Trek Cellphone” that was supposed to look and work just like the real thing, but wound up being a standard “flat pack” phone that didn’t even flip open! Still, it’s Skype, I don’t do Skype, and I’ll continue to hold out for that real TOS communicator cellphone we’ve been waiting for all these years.

52. CLS USMC - February 9, 2009

I work for a cell phone company. And I would instantly and proudly use a bluetooth communicator. I have been working off and on for about a year, on my own time, to build one out of the old playmates one by removing the calculator and frankensteining the guts of a new headset I got for that purpose. Glad I wasted my time on that one. LOL. I wonder if the new replica TOS captains chair has that feature built into the arm, because I have been sketching schematics for that too!

Either way I don’t care because there is not a thing wrong with using the communicator in public.

SEMPER FI~

53. Viking - February 9, 2009

I had this sucka bookmarked yesterday. We have Vonage here at home – I wonder if I can port that thing over to the phone router. Hmmmmm……

54. Viking - February 9, 2009

Oooooo – that Bluetooth gizmo would be the shiznit. Perfect for driving the wife nuts, ‘cuz she already thinks I have an unhealthy fascination with Trek-related hardware. BWAH-HAHAHAHAHAHA……..

55. Kirk's Girdle - February 9, 2009

Why has there never been a communicator cell phone?

56. 24th Century Rockstar - February 9, 2009

MUST…..HAAAAVE…..

57. BeatleJWOL - February 9, 2009

So would you have to dial the number on your actual phone and then pull out the “communicator” to talk? Sounds a bit, well, illogical…

58. Anthony Pascale - February 9, 2009

56. well for answering a bluetooth com would not require you to touch the base phone, and for dialing you can use voice activated dialing if your phone has that feature. If not, then yes you would need to use the main phone for dialing.

59. Viking - February 9, 2009

‘So would you have to dial the number on your actual phone and then pull out the “communicator” to talk? Sounds a bit, well, illogical…’

If you’re referring to the Skype communicator, not really. Your phone S/W is on your PC – you dial up from your keyboard, and flip it open when someone answers. Pretty much point-and-click – better than speed dial.

60. Andros - February 9, 2009

Where’s my bluetooth enabled TNG and beyond comm badge? Honestly, where is it? You’d just tap it on your chest to answer and with a tiny earbud that comes equipped with it you’d listen to your caller or use the badge’s built in speaker to communicate with all of your out of this world friends.

61. Kelvington - February 9, 2009

Why not make an Uhura ear piece that’s a blue tooth headset. It’s so obvious, I can’t imagine why it’s not already in stores. A little mini-communications console to charge it. Make it so…

62. Ro Laren - February 9, 2009

Ummmm… no thanks.

63. Spock - February 9, 2009

#59
this hasnt happened because TNG was not as great to TOS… sheeeeesh

64. kirk09 - February 9, 2009

I WANT A BLUETOOTH HEADSET SHAPED LIKE UHURA’S EARPIECE!

65. Robert Bernardo - February 9, 2009

I must have both!

66. scifib5st - February 9, 2009

O M G
I wounder how long till the bluetooth comm. show up on “The Big Bang Theroy”…. and a Enterprise Video cam…..
And I just got a bluetooth phone….
(looks up to the sky…) Thank you Scotty !!!!!!!

67. Leonel - February 9, 2009

But.. will the communicator chirp when the cover flips open, or do you have to press a button like the old Playmates communicator toy?

I’m only partially kidding.. The bluetooth communicator does seem cool.. (and like the guy in Ace of Cakes said, “I’m gonna die alone.”)

;-)

68. Jacob - February 10, 2009

My question is why not a speaker phone/bluetooth shaped like a TNG/DS9/VOY communicator badge…I’d use that all the time

69. toddk - February 10, 2009

why is it so hard to make a phone like this? the inside would be a touch screen with the orginal 60’s look of the display as a screen saver..why is this so hard?

70. richpit - February 10, 2009

68,

I don’t believe it’s an issue with being “hard” to do. Clearly, the technology is there. It’s an issue with the fact that there’s not a big enough market for it. As many Trekkies, Trekkers, Trekmeisters (whatever you like to be called) there are, it’s not a big enough market to make it worth all the money it would cost to research, design, manufacture and market such a device. Not to mention the licensing fees to Paramount / CBS!

I’d kill for one too, but I’d say that it’s just not going to happen.

71. Dr. Image - February 10, 2009

I like the parksabers.com one!
Isn’t this way overdue, though??

72. TrekMadeMeWonder - February 10, 2009

DAMN! I want that bluetooth communicator!!!!

Buckaroohawk, as you know, my B-Day is comming up soon!!! : )

73. Illogical - February 10, 2009

I spent some time on the phone with the guy at Park Sabers over a year ago, he took my Ideas and started to make his own, though they do not perform nearly as well as mine since they use an amplified headset with no echo cancellation. Mine are true Bluetooth Speakerphones, are very loud, have fully rechargeable Li ion batteries that have up to 10 hours of talk time. I’ve been working on these for nearly 5 years and selling them for the last two http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6n5jEFoVOM

74. Andrew - February 10, 2009

If they make a SIP or AIX capable one of the bluetooth version, I’ll buy ten and make all my staff use them..

75. Xplodin' Nacelle - February 10, 2009

Re #3

I completely agree.

76. Stekev - February 10, 2009

I just don’t get it. Skype? VOIP? Bluetooth?

Why not just make a cell-phone already! What is the problem here??

77. Spockish - February 10, 2009

All though I am disabled, they do have converter boxes to connect USB through Ethernet, and when they get the BlueTooth one, and Magic Jack forget $20 a month, try $20 a year.

I’m still waiting for the Transporter, I may have to live another 100 or 200 years for that, and that might make me as old as Lenard Nimoy in the ST-XI movie. To live that long I’ll need to look into Cryogenics and become a Popsicle for a time.

78. Lex - February 13, 2009

This would go fantastically with a Windows Mobile phone programmed for voice commands.

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80. Gao Rikuya - February 18, 2009

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