In support of the new Star Trek movie that is coming out, a very cool site is online that allows you to hold the Enterprise in your hands: www.Experience-the-Enterprise.com. You visit the site, install an Active-X browser plugin, print out an image (that’s used to control the movements), and get your webcam fired up. (Yes, you need a webcam.)
Here’s a video of what happens:
I tested it myself with a black/white printout, OLD webcam, and not so fast computer. Worked really well. However, controlling it is like trying to cut your hair in the mirror, awkward. (Practice a bit before showing others.)
Some real Trek-fans told me there were errors in the narration that goes with it: “Lieutenant Sulu” instead of “Ensign Sulu”, etc., etc. I don’t know. Just know it was FUN! Check it out: www.Experience-the-Enterprise.com.
(Or, just kick back and let Shatner pick the videos: youtube.com)