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iPad meets Star Trek dreams with official PADD app

updated 12:55 pm EDT, Mon July 11, 2011

Star Trek PADD gets official iPad app

Star Trek fans saw a slice of the sci-fi become real on Monday after CBS put out an official PADD app ($5, App Store). The app recreates the device's LCARS interface from TNG-era shows and is treated as a database for the universe with characters, ships, species, and TV episodes. It carries 'authentic' sound effects and has diagnostic demos around the NCC1701-D version of the Enterprise.

More content should come over time, CBS promised.

Social networking plays a minor role with a look at the official series Facebook and Twitter feeds. What's not included, however, is the ability to watch shows or to interact with the real world nearby.

The app comes after CBS shut down a number unofficial apps that recreated the LCARS look but usually had different functions. Studio officials argued the other apps violated copyright but, until now, hadn't hinted an official app was coming.

- Jon Fingas









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  1. Geordiekeith

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    Interface

    The only reason I would buy an iPad would be if the whole interface looked like this...

    ...a sad old Trekkie.

  1. facebook_Steven

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    Ugh

    I get nostalgia, I really do. But a UI designed to look good in glances on a TV screen most likely behaves like a heap of s***.

  1. ATPTourFan

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    @ facebook_Steven

    I would trust ANY interface designed by Michael Okuda than by anyone living in Redmond.

  1. facebook_Bernard

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    ST:TNG Tech Manual

    I bought the CD-ROM of the Tech Manual but haven't run it since MacOS 9. Would love to see it as an iOS app. Okuda has spoken quite a bit about the design of the LCARS interface and it is utility.

  1. facebook_Bernard

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    however, does mean

    the designers of this app USED the human (humanoid) interface design guidelines as originally described. if they just added swooping ovoid graphics to bracket the information, could end up being quite anti-user-friendly.

  1. SockRolid

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    LCARS?

    Fascinating. But illogical.

  1. Kermode

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    Android!

    So where is the Android version?

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