Next Gen stars LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner are in Las Vegas this weekend attending the Consumer Electronics Show and were featured guests at Friday nights "It Won’t Stay in Vegas" blogger party. TrekMovie sent our Las Vegas correspondent (and former Star Trek The Experience actor) Lisa Blake to the event, where she got the pair to talk some tech (and some Trek).
Spiner and Burton talk Tech at CES
The It Wont Stay in Vegas Party is the it place to be for bloggers (and microbloggers) attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It was held at the Atomic Testing Museum, which is a very cool location a couple blocks off the strip. Brent Spiner, appropriately hosting the ‘Android Lounge’, named for the new Google Android phones which are the hot new thing. Burton was an honored guest and both were mobbed at the event. I had a brief moment to talk to Spiner (and a briefer moment with Burton), where we talked about their connections to technology.
Lisa: What projects are you currently working on?
Brent: A live show of my own.
Lisa: Yes, I remember you were selling a CD when I talked to you at the 2008 Vegas Star Trek convention.
Brent: Yes, sales of my CD ‘Dreamland’ are going very well. But, order yours fast, because there’s not many left and the last hundred copies are going to be $1000 a piece, haha.
Lisa: What kind of gadgets from CES would you like to have for yourself?
Brent: I’m going to CES tomorrow and I want every kind of phone, a 3-D television, and whatever free swag I can get, haha.
Lisa: Do you think Star Trek has influenced today’s technology?
Brent: Of course it did. Just like Jules Verne influenced everything that happened in the 50’s and 60’s, Star Trek influenced things that are happening now.
Lisa: Hopefully Star Trek: The Experience will re-open here in Vegas.
Brent: I hope it comes back too. I never experienced it.
Lisa: Everyone on my backstage tours always loved sitting in Data’s chair on our TNG bridge.
Brent: Wow. I had 2 different chairs. We were practically lying down in the first season. They would call them the Passover chairs, because you always recline on Passover, haha.
Lisa: What are you up to now?
LeVar: My business partner and I have a new production company, Burton/Wolfe Entertainment. We’re producing movies. We are storytellers. We are looking to tell stories everywhere there will be a screen, BWE will be there. That is our plan.
Lisa: Do you have any favorite gadgets?
LeVar: I got my iPhone with me tonight and my Nikon camera with me.