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