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Star Trek CommunicatorStar Trek Communicator - Palm-sized communication device used by members of the futuristic Federation on the science fiction adventure STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69. Used for both ship-to-ship and planet-to-ship communication, the crew of the starship USS Enterprise carried a communicator device whenever they beamed down to alien planet. The crew communicated back to their ship to report their status, which eventually involved some dangerous situation. The communicator was a handy thing to have when a person needed to call in ground support or be beamed off a planet in a life or death situation. ("Scotty, beam us out of here!")

The Star Trek communicator looks like a modern cell phone. When the lid is lifted to expose the main dialing panel, a sharp chirping sound occurs - indicating the phone is charged and functioning. The communicator's housing is made of a black plastic like material.

The flip-lid of the communicator is a thin rectangular sheet of brass with many small holes which covers the main control panel. The control panel beneath the lid features a dial with a swirling design. The center of the panel sports a row with three lights (amber, red and green). And the bottom of the panel has a wire-mesh grid that houses the microphone and two silver metal knobs to the right for adjusting frequency and volume.

On later episodes of the STAR TREK franchise beginning with the STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION, the hand-held communicator was replaced by triangular-shaped lapel pins that attached to the uniform. A simple tap of the communicator opened a line of communication throughout the ship or a general area.

TRIVIA NOTE: On the ABC legal drama BOSTON LEGAL, William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk from the original 1960s STAR TREK series) plays the role of an attorney named Denny Crane. On the January 10, 2006 installment of the show, the familiar sound effect from a Star Trek communicator was heard when Denny opened his cell phone.

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