"iComm is my way of 'giving back' to the world of sci-fi," said Todd Barnes, lead developer at Toughturtle.
"For the longest time I have wanted to make this app, but I was constantly sidetracked with other projects. A few weeks before a 'certain movie' hit the theatres this May I decided that I had to give it a try. The results, in my opinion, have exceeded what I set out to do. I am really happy with it and I hope that others like it too."
Compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch, the initially free app ($US0.99 after the first week of August) provides a range of 'authentic' features even if it doesn't really put you in touch with an orbiting starship.
They include flick to open or close, channel and volume controls, a selection of moire patterns, and canned or personally recorded responses triggered by voice.
"I think the coolest function of the app is that you can actually utilize the touch capabilities of the iPhone/iPod and interactively turn the knobs/dials and have it effect the features of the app," said Barnes.
"I originally was only going to supply 'canned' sounds with the app, but found it lost its fun-factor very quickly. So, I added the ability to record your own Channel Transmission as well as Response Transmissions. Oh wait, did I mention that the app also recognizes voice through the microphone and responds to you? Seriously, it does."