Have the folks at ThinkGeek finally figured out the technology needed to transport matter? Sadly, no. If they did, they probably wouldn’t have used that technology to make a set of Star Trek-themed coasters that look like the transporter pads used on the U.S.S. Enterprise.
So the coasters won’t magically transport a festive drink from a glass into your stomach, but they do light up thanks to a flickering set of LEDs inside, and play a materialization / dematerialisation sound effect whenever a glass is placed on them, or picked back up.
Powered by a pair of small cell-sized batteries in each one, a set of four coasters will set you back $30/£20 and might just about arrive in time for your planned New Year’s eve festivities, even if your party isn’t Star Trek themed. [ThinkGeek]
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