Engineer and father build a Star Trek warp core with a little Raspberry Pi help

Chris Koolmees is an engineer and Star Trek fan and he wanted a project that he could accomplish during a week off work. With assistance from his father, Chris came up with the idea of building an almost life-sized reconstruction of the Warp Core from the USS Enterprise on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Most of the structure is made out of vacuum-formed plastic and painted MDF and is decorated with light strips which are controlled by an Arduino which is sent signals by a Raspberry Pi. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the famous warp core “breathing” sound, so it has speakers built in which are driven by the same Raspberry Pi. Instead of housing dilithium crystals, the warp core holds Chris’ home server. You can see it in action briefly below and read more about the build on Chris’ company website.

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