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Boldly Go to MacTech L.A. to Testdrive a Tesla and Sit in Captain Picard's Chair

If you weren't already sold on joining me at MacTech Los Angeles in early November, thanks to the iPhone Life $100-off discount code, perhaps this will sweeten the deal.

Tesla will be letting attendees take a test drive in their electronic vehicles! 

Tesla interior

What's the catch? There really isn't one. You need to give some info and get briefed before you test drive, and then you are off and driving. More details to come—and the time slot reservation system will go online as we get closer to the event.

Fine print: While there's a large number of test drives allotted, there is a limited number of slots available. Only one test drive per person. To drive, you must be a registered MacTech Conference 2013 attendee, 25 or older, with a valid U.S. or International driver's license. Tesla will ask you for some personal information and to sign a drive waiver.

If a Tesla isn't futuristic enough for you, you can also take the helm of the Start Trek bridge! During the first day of MacTech Conference, New Starship will have the center section from USS Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation on display. Sit in Jean Luc Picard's, Riker's, or Troi's chair. Feel what it's like to sit at Ops or Con. Get a picture of yourself. Or, form a "crew" and take a group picture.

NewStarship

But it's more than that. New Starship is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation created to restore one of the Paramount-created sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Their aim is to make the bridge a fully-interactive educational simulation of the USS Enterprise-D. You'll have an opportunity to talk to the CTO behind this project, as well as the CEO of NewStarship.com. You may even choose to get involved in the project.

iPhone Life is a media sponsor of the event, which promises to bring together some of the best minds in the Mac and iOS development world. iPhone Life readers can even save $100 when they register!

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.