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Make Your Own ‘Star Trek’ Pocket Doors

U.K. geek shows you how to build automatic doors like the ones on the Starship Enterprise. Space saver, anyone?

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Star Trek-inspired pocket door

Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic

We’re big fans of deep (usable) space. So we have to share this “Star Trek” pocket door that combines our two loves — exploiting under-used space and recreating our favorite features of the Starship Enterprise, “Star Trek’s” interstellar home.

Alex Shakespeare, a U.K. “technologist at heart,” replaced his kitchen door with an automatic pneumatic door that he cobbled together from a silent compressor, a microcontroller board (available at such retailers as Maker Shed), sensors, a magnetometer, and loads of wires and pneumatic connectors. As he approaches, the door whooshes open and slides along the wall — pocket-door style.

How cool is that?

The project is perfect for the home owner-DIY geek who wants to make the most of the existing — and unexplored — space.

What do you think of this “Star Trek” door? Could you see yourself building one?

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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