1. ITV Report

Sci-fi fans can now change channel with a Star Trek phaser TV remote

The product comes with a customisable personal lock. Credit: SWNS

A tech firm has developed a Star Trek phaser gun which can act as a TV remote control.

The Wand Company gained access to a 50-year-old stun gun prop used in the original TV series and used a 3D scanner to replicate the weapon.

The scans were then modified to create a product which uses infra-red and can control televisions and other electronic products.

The phaser gun is thought to be the last remaining prop from the original Star Trek TV series. Credit: SWNS

Chris Barnardo, co-founder of the Cambridge-based technology company, said: "The Star Trek Phaser is one of the most iconic pieces of sci-fi gadgetry.

"We were privileged to get access to this amazing prop and be the first to 3D laser scan it.

"We have spent thousands of hours creating a detailed collectible that will bring new levels of action and enjoyment to Star Trek fans all over the world."

The product will be sold in a foam-lined presentation case. Credit: SWNS

Mr Barnardo's Wand Company turned down a £200,000 offer from Dragon's Den supremo Duncan Bannatyne after impressing him with their Harry Potter wand product in 2010.

The firm said the Star Trek remote control will go on sale in November 2014 for £119.95.