We're going to give you the chance to get a taste of the future by letting you enter to win a Starfleet TR-580 Tricorder VII--straight from the bridge of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D! Well. Straight from the bridge set. This Tricorder comes to us via The Prop Store, so it's not a functioning item, unless you count instantly raising your geek cred a function.
This Tricorder was actually used during the filming of of Star Trek: The Next Generation. So it's a little beaten up. By that we mean scuffed up, with taped-on images and some scratches. Think about it, though. Patrick Stewart might have held this Tricorder. LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton might have, too. That makes the scuffs and the scotch tape special.
We're not done here.
In addition to the Tricorder and its certificate of authenticity, our grand prize winner will also get a $1,000 ThinkGeek Shopping Spree. You have to outfit your away mission crew, after all.
If the technology of the 24th century and a geeky shopping spree is not our thing, do not despair! The runner up will win the tablet-phone of the present: a 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note 4G Android Phone in Carbon Blue. Disclaimer: You'll have to provide your own mobile contract, and subspace communication frequencies will not be available for at least a couple hundred years.
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UPDATE! This contest has closed and we'll contact our winners soon!
P.S. If you are interested in having a real Tricorder someday, take a look at The Tricorder Project, which is devoted to making science and medical Tricorders actually happen. So exciting!