Working Star Trek Communicator on eBay

I couldn't resist checking out this working Star Trek communicator for sale on eBay.

Here's how it works; it connects to your cellphone via Bluetooth like any other hands-free device. Leave the cellphone in your pocket, and just pull out your Communicator like it was the real deal. It even has a control that plays the authentic communicator sound as you pick up your call. The bad news: it's a one-of-a-kind prototype unit.

The streamlined future

I'm still waiting for these science-fictional communication devices on eBay:

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(This Science Fiction in the News story used with permission from - where science meets fiction.)

Bill Christensen catalogues the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at his website, Technovelgy. He is a contributor to Live Science.