This might just be the ultimate Star Trek accessory: a faithful replica of the sci-fi show's iconic Communicator device that works as both a Bluetooth handset for your phone and as a portable speaker. Built by The Wand Company and making its debut appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this week, the Communicator is constructed from die cast aluminum and comes with a magnetic stand for wireless charging. As well as its Bluetooth functionality, the device is also filled with authentic Star Trek sounds and conversation fragments. This is presumably useful for when your friends refuse to talk to you because they just know you're using that damn prop again.
for cosplayers who won't break character
The Wand Company — the creator of various Bluetooth wands, sonic screwdrivers, and even a Star Trek phaser — says it used "structured-light 3D scanning" to make sure the Communicator replicated "every curve and line" of the original. And although it's not clear exactly how you place a call using the Communicator, the company promises that Star Trek fans can answer their connected smartphone by simply flipping open the antenna grille: perfect for cosplayers who never want to break character. The Communicator is available to pre-order for $149.95 from the Star Trek shop, although it won't be shipping until January next year.
The Communicator on its wireless-charging stand. (The Wand Company)