The latest product from purveyor of all-things-nerdy ThinkGeek is a faithful replica of the classic Star Trek — and you can use it to control your television. The heavily-detailed replica includes an embedded infrared remote so you can use it control your TV, home stereo, cable box, or whatever else is hooked up to your screen that takes an infrared signal. But in lieu of buttons (which the classic TV weapon indeed has few), the phaser remote relies on gesture movements to execute up to 36 commands. So give it a twist to… engage.
The remote was designed around "3D laser scans of the last known screen-used hero prop," so it's plenty accurate. And, like a redshirted security Ensign from the U.S.S. Enterprise, you too can pop off the palm-able Type I phaser from the top to execute the gesture commands, or snap it into the Type II pistol-grip base for extra controls. Because setting up a phaser gesture remote might not be immediately intuitive, it'll also include a voice-guided set-up assistant.
Sure, it's not quite a Harmony remote, but would any other remote make you feel like your television is a viewscreen looking out over the final frontier? We didn't think so. Should you be interested, the Star Trek Phaser Remote Replica is priced at $149.99 with availability expected in November.
Oh, and it also lights up and can make phaser sound effects! What more could you possibly need?