CBS Mobile Releases Official LCARS iPad App

Today CBS Mobile released the official Star Trek PADD app for iPad. While several apps have previously been released for both iPad and iPhone, this marks the first by CBS to use the LCARS interface. The app will essentially turn your iPad or iPad 2 into a PADD, as seen on TNG, DS9, and VOY. It features Starfleet data such as crew bios, starship information, episode guides along with official Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Developed by ArcTouch, the app is available for $4.99 in the iTunes Store.

Official description:

The Official Star TrekTM PADD (Personal Access Display Device) immerses fans in a rich interactive database of Star TrekTM information and images with an authentic reproduction of the LCARS style interface introduced in the Star Trek: The Next GenerationTM series.

The PADD provides access to the official Star TrekTM database from StarTrek.com of aliens, ships, places, technologies, and episode guide. The app includes a true reproduction of LCARS, the computer interface commonly used in Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets during the 24th century, and includes familiar computer sound effects and voice, making it enjoyable to everyone.

Features of the Star TrekTM PADD app include:

-Browse or search through official database of Star Trek television series information, including aliens, ships, places, technologies, and episode guide
-Rich, immersive LCARS graphical interface, introduced in Star Trek: The Next GenerationTM television series
-Authentic computer sound effects and voice
-Jump to related information through cross-links to other content
-Read the latest news from the Star TrekTM Facebook page and Star Trek Twitter feed
-Enjoy two self-running diagnostic modes with an overview schematic of the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM NCC-1701-D

The official Star Trek PADD app database does not include all information within the Star Trek Universe. We will continue to update the database as information becomes available.

This is the official Star TrekTM app produced for CBS by ArcTouch.

Screenshots below:

Brian is a Boston-based UX/Visual designer, photographer, Apple enthusiast, sci-fi, 80s action and horror movie fan and of course, a lover of all things Star Trek.

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  • Steven Diller

    YES! I’ve been wanting this since the day I bought my iPad!

  • TribbleKing

    Suuuuuhhweeeet! A little pricey at 5 bucks, but I’ll bite.

  • Tom

    ….I guess it’s about time I went out and bought an iPad.

  • RedShirt1701

    Just downloaded this and loving it so far. You can tell a lot of work went into it. Good stuff.

  • Paul Austin

    Even at 4.99 I think it’s worth it. C’mon people you can spend that on a Starbucks coffee! 😛