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“Vulcan Harp” App Now Available For iPad

"Vulcan Harp" App Now Available For iPad

The Vulcan Lyre, often referred to as a harp or lute, made its first appearance in the first season TOS episode “Charlie X.” It would go on to be seen in “The Conscience of the King,” “Amok Time” and “The Way to Eden,” along with the TNG episode “When the Bough Breaks.”

Now, thanks to the folks at CBS Interactive and developers Shiverware Interactive, fans can play the instrument digitally on the iPad. According to the official iTunes description, the app is “fully functional and features multi‐level sounds, cool effects, and the iconic design of the original harp.”

Priced at $1.99, the app includes the following features:

  • 15 vibrating strings – each identified, making it easy to play songs
  • Distinct pluck dynamic where the sound occurs on release of a touch similar to a harp
  • 5 instrument sounds from futuristic to the classic harp
  • Large 6-and-a-half octave range in 5 octave banks
  • Custom multi-level distortion and reverberation controls give you a wide range to experiment with
  • Ability to select pentatonic scale (five notes per octave)
  • One button background arpeggio (sequence chords)
  • Rich, inlaid wood detail appearance on the harp and moving starfield background
  • SoundCloud recording to share your creations
  • Concise tutorial to locate controls

Vulcan Harp App

Vulcan Harp App

Check out a demo below.

For more information and to purchase the app, visit StarTrekVulcanHarp.com.

WATCH: First Episode of George Takei’s New Web Series “Takei’s Take”

WATCH: First Episode of George Takei's New Web Series "Takei's Take"

In the premiere episode of George Takei’s new web series Takei’s Take, George looks at Google Glass — a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display being developed by Google. The episode is co-hosted by technology reporter Lamarr Wilson.

The series, which is made in association with AARP, will star Star Trek’s original Hikaru Sulu as he reviews the latest in consumer technology with viewers over 50 years old in mind.

The first episode hit the web last week and at the time of this writing has been viewed more than 50,000 times.


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Every Episode of Star Trek Now Available for Free On Hulu Until March 31st

Every Episode of Star Trek Now Available for Free On Hulu Until March 31st

In celebration of William Shatner’s 82nd birthday, the video streaming service Hulu is making every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise available for free online viewing.

The promotion began on Friday and runs through March 31.

Both Netflix and Amazon Prime offer each of the series as part of their own paid streaming services.

Star Trek category page on Hulu

Star Trek category page on Hulu

Which series do you plan to start watching this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

For more information, visit Hulu.

WATCH: Leonard Nimoy Introduces the Playstation 4

WATCH: Leonard Nimoy Introduces the Playstation 4

Following the announcement of the upcoming release of Sony’s Playstation 4, Star Trek‘s Leonard Nimoy stars in a video released to hype the next generation video game system.

Originally recorded in the early-80s to promote Laserdiscs, the video features Nimoy talking to an illuminated rock with an overdubbed audio track.

This description—or any other—won’t quite do this video justice. You’ll have to check it out for yourself.

Announced during a press event on February 20th, the PS4 is set to hit stores in Q4 of this year.

For good measure, here’s Nimoy singing “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” in 1968.

via IGN

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS iPhone App On The Way From Qualcomm

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS iPhone App On The Way From Qualcomm

On Monday, Paramount Pictures and Qualcomm announced the official STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS iPhone app at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The app is set to hit the iTunes store at the end of January. During the presentation, which included INTO DARKNESS star Alive Eve, it was revealed that the app will unlock a surprise during the second quarter of this year’s Super Bowl on February 3rd.

According to the press release, some of the app’s features will include:

• An audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content on TV and other media;

• An image scan function that enables users to interact with images printed or viewable in the real world;

• An audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content on TV and other media;

• An image scan function that enables users to interact with images printed or viewable in the real world;

• A geofencing function for location-based experiences;

• New “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content, such as videos, images and wallpapers delivered directly to users’ mobile devices;

• Exclusive opportunities and special offers only available to app users;

Scroll down for the full press release.

Star Trek Into Darkness iPhone App

Check out the CES announcement below.

Press release:

PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND QUALCOMM ANNOUNCE UNPRECEDENTED “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” APP USING CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGIES

KICK-OFF WILL BEGIN WITH THE ABILITY TO UNLOCK THE FIRST OF MANY SURPRISES DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE BIG GAME THIS FEBRUARY

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 7, 2013) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom Inc., and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its subsidiary Qualcomm Labs, Inc., today announced that Gimbal™ context awareness technologies will be used to deliver exclusive content and advanced real world game experiences for the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” application based on the upcoming movie from J.J. Abrams.

These cutting edge technologies are being showcased in a never before-seen way and will enable users to automatically engage with a wealth of movie related materials by utilizing their real-life surroundings to auto-complete integrated missions by employing audio scan, geo-location recognition, and image recognition functionality powered by Qualcomm Vuforia. The “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” app will launch at the end of January. Qualcomm’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs made the announcement today during his keynote address at the International CES show in Las Vegas.

During the second quarter of the big game, the app will allow users the ability to unlock the first of many surprises during the airing of the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” tv-spot, making this one of the most unique and interactive apps ever created for a movie. As a bonus, users who register for the app will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a VIP trip to the U.S. premiere. To be the first to get the app and enter the sweepstakes, visit www.StarTrekMovie.com/CES.

“We are excited about collaborating with Paramount on this app as it further brings to life Qualcomm’s vision of the digital sixth sense, where devices intelligently interact with the world around you,” said Dr. Jacobs. “By leveraging the Gimbal platform, this app harnesses the power of the smartphone to bridge the digital and physical world, allowing the studio to market the film in the real world and simultaneously bring users into the film’s story and world.”

Highlights of the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” app include:

• An audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content on TV and other media;

• An image scan function that enables users to interact with images printed or viewable in the real world;

• An audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content on TV and other media;

• An image scan function that enables users to interact with images printed or viewable in the real world;

• A geofencing function for location-based experiences;

• New “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content, such as videos, images and wallpapers delivered directly to users’ mobile devices;

• Exclusive opportunities and special offers only available to app users;

• One lucky sweepstakes winner will be rewarded with the grand prize of attending the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” U.S. premiere.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” is written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” opens in theaters everywhere May 17, 2013.

William Shatner Launches First iPhone App, “Shatoetry”

William Shatner To Star In New DIY Network Home-Renovation Series 'The Shatner Project'

Today, Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, the ever-busy William Shatner launched his very first iPhone app, “Shatoetry”.

According to the official website, Shatoetry is an iPhone app that lets you arrange words – into statements, comments, messages, sentences, phrases, haiku, poetry, or even just random words… with this amazing payoff: whatever you arrange, you’ll be able to hear William Shatner perform it for you.

The app is now available on the iTunes store for $2.99.

Screenshots from the Shatoetry iPhone app

Screenshots from the Shatoetry iPhone app

In conjunction with the app’s release, Shatner stars in a new promotional video, saying “I love this app. It’s unique. I’m dazzled by it. It’s unique. It’s exciting. It’s creative.”

Watch the video below.

For more information, visit the official Shatoetry website.

Google Doodle Celebrates Star Trek’s 46th Anniversary

Google Doodle Celebrates Star Trek's 46th Anniversary

On Friday, Google celebrated Star Trek’s 46th anniversary with a special Google Doodle. The interactive doodle, inspired by Star Trek: The Original Series, features the Google letters aboard the Enterprise and allows visitors to beam them down to the surface of Cestus III to battle the Gorn.

This particular Google Doodle project was headed by Ryan Germick, who spoke to EW yesterday.

I grew up watching the original series with my dad, and I kind of realized, the guys on the Enterprise were like family friends to me. I’d watched so many episodes of the show that Spock and the others have a space in my mind like my uncles and my aunts. [I also liked the idea] that technology could be a hope for the future. It was a part of my childhood and it’s awesome to try and bring that to life on the homepage.

Check out the images below.

Star Trek Google Doodle

Star Trek Google Doodle

Star Trek Google Doodle

Star Trek Google Doodle

View it for yourself at google.com.

James “Scotty” Doohan’s Ashes Reach the Final Frontier

James Doohan's Ashes Reach Space Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

On Tuesday May 22nd, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying James “Scotty” Doohan’s cremated remains into space along with those of of 307 other individuals (including Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper).

The company previously attempted to send a portion of Doohan’s ashes into orbit back in 2008 aboard the Falcon 1, but the rocket failed to achieve orbit and was destroyed in atmospheric reentry. However, the Falcon 9 launch is not expected to incur any failures and should successfully and finally bring Scotty to the stars.

“He’ll be there with his buddy, which is wonderful,” said Doohan’s agent and longtime friend, Steve Stevens, speaking of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry.

SpaceX is an aerospace company that carries out contracts with NASA and other government and private agencies to help launch satellites into space; sending the remains of famous celebrities into space isn’t their only role. They are currently under a 300 million-dollar contract to deliver supplies to the space station for NASA and are hoping to sign a 1.6 billion-dollar contract to make those deliveries regular.

James Doohan in 2004 receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

James Doohan in 2004 receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Everyone, both Star Trek fans and non-fans alike, knows James Doohan. He was famed for playing the role of Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott aboard the starship Enterprise on Star Trek: The Original Series. Occasionally referred to as “Scotty” by Captain Kirk, he was ultimately responsible for starship maintenance, balancing the antimatter intake into the warp core, and purposefully overestimating his repair times for his assigned duties in order to impress Jim Kirk (it is also the reason why Kirk called Scotty a “miracle worker” during times of duress).

James Doohan was much loved and admired by Star Trek fans. He passed away in 2005 due to pneumonia at the age of 85; the news of his death was heart breaking, especially for people like me that looked up to him and other Star Trek figures as a child, wanting one day to pursue a scientific career. Now, we no longer have to be content with just watching reruns of Star Trek to see James Doohan in action; whenever we want to look up to Scotty, we need only look to the stars.

Space is in good hands now. Rest in peace, Scotty.

Watch video of the launch below.

Leonard Nimoy Welcomes Space Shuttle Enterprise to New York

Leonard Nimoy Welcomes Space Shuttle Enterprise to New York

On Friday, the Shuttle Enterprise landed in New York City mounted atop a Boeing 747 jumbo jet at 11:22 AM (EDT), after taking off from Washington D.C. earlier that morning. It was a historic day for science and space exploration: a day that marked the end, in spirit, of the STS (Space Transportation System) program and the beginning of a new type of space exploration vehicle that may one day take us back to the moon and beyond. In attendance for this momentous occasion was none other than Star Trek‘s original Spock, Leonard Nimoy.

Star Trek and the space program have had a long and storied history. Beginning in the mid-1970s, a write-in campaign by Star Trek fans to petitioned President Gerald Ford to rename the prototype space shuttle from Constitution to Enterprise.

When this ship was first built, it was named Constitution. Star Trek fans can be very persuasive. They sent a lot of letters to president Gerald Ford and the president logically decided that the ship should be named after our spaceship Enterprise.

Leonard Nimoy and Senator Charles Schumer at the arrival of Shuttle Enterprise in New York City

Leonard Nimoy and Senator Charles Schumer at the arrival of Shuttle Enterprise in New York City

Shuttle Enterprise flys above New York City aboard a Boeing 747

Shuttle Enterprise flys over New York City aboard a Boeing 747

What is so remarkable about the Enterprise is that it was the first space shuttle built by NASA that would determine the fate of all future space flights using the STS design. To our greater relief, astonishment, and most certainly pride, the Enterprise, named after Star Trek’s famed space exploration cruiser both literally and spiritually, did indeed surpass our expectations. With some design improvements and slight modifications, NASA continued to use the STS space shuttles for nearly four decades in scientific discovery and space exploration.

Even more telling of Star Trek’s intimate connection to NASA’s ongoing mission was the fact that Leonard Nimoy, Spock himself, was present at Enterprise’s beginning and end. “This is a reunion for me,” Nimoy said in a speech on Friday discussing the Enterprise’s final landing. “Thirty-five years ago, I met the Enterprise for the first time.” He recalled that his memory of the Enterprise’s departure from the ground on February 15th 1977 was still vivid today as it was when it first took off. Leonard Nimoy bid his final farewell to the legendary craft by offering his famous catchphrase: “Live long and prosper.”

Even Gene Roddenberry himself was present at the Enterprise’s dedication ceremony in 1976. Though he sadly passed away before he could ever see the Enterprise in its final flight to mark the end of the now historic STS program, the famed space shuttle will always stand in memoriam to Rodenberry’s vision of the future and for all of Star Trek.

This is a reunion for me,” Nimoy said during a ceremony on Friday after Enterprise touched down. “Thirty-five years ago, I met the Enterprise for the first time.”

NASA's orbiter Enterprise is greeted by members of the original Star Trek cast in 1976 at the Palmdale manufacturing facilties.

NASA's orbiter Enterprise is greeted by cast members from the Star Trek television series in 1976 at the Palmdale manufacturing facilties.

Leonard Nimoy watches as the Shuttle Enterprise taxis

Leonard Nimoy watches as the Shuttle Enterprise taxis

Now, we look to the future, the undiscovered country: a place of unimaginable wonder, beauty, and mystery. To boldy go where no man has gone before. That has always been our motto, and we shall continue to live up to it as we head into space with the new crew exploration vehicle (CEV) design to send humans back into space, back to the moon and hopefully far beyond to finally reach the cold, inhospitable surface of Mars.

Photos and video courtesy of Mashable.

How Google Goggles & Project Glass Makes Star Trek Technology a Reality

How Google Goggles & Project Glass Makes Star Trek Technology a Reality

Surely, fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation will remember LeVar Burton’s character, Geordi La Forge, one of the show’s most influential and inspiring characters. A person born with blindness, by today’s standards, would’ve been excluded from so many opportunities due to this crippling disability. In accordance with the humanist themes of Star Trek, it’s more than fitting to imagine an example of a disability today on Earth being surpassed in the future. In fact, it really does stand as a testament of human courage and ingenuity to see someone as brave and capable as Geordi rise to the occasion and overcome adversity, and due in no small part to his VISOR (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement).

The VISOR not only allows Geordi to see things when his eyes are unable to, but they can even allow him to analyze his surroundings in wavelengths that are imperceptible to the human eye.

In the season one episode of TNG, “Heart of Glory,” Geordi uplinked his VISOR to a transmitter to allow the bridge crew to see what Geordi saw on an away mission. The images were a spectacular show of bright colors and vibrant hues representative of infrared and ultraviolet sources, such that Captain Picard regarded the display with a single word: “Extraordinary!” It was a scene that roused more envy, awe, and appreciation rather than pity among Geordi’s friends as they saw his blindness as more of a gift than an actual disability, as evident in Picard’s reflection: “Now I’m beginning to understand him [Geordi].” It was a demonstration in Star Trek that proves the best way to learn from others is by putting oneself in another’s shoes to see what he or she sees.

How is Geordi’s VISOR related to Google Goggles and Project Glass and how is it so remarkable? Imagine more than 20 years ago, you saw that episode when it first aired and someone next to you said: “I bet Google is going to come out with a device or an app that allows computers to compile and visualize data from their surroundings and interpret reality in the same way our brains make sense of everything around us. Amazing, huh?” Your first reaction might’ve been: “What’s a Google?” All jokes aside, one might have a negative reaction in the 60s if one’s friend said Star Trek communicators will turn out to be cell phones more than thirty years later, and that the technology would become so advanced that everyone would have them. Why should we expect any less when it comes to Google Goggles? Why shouldn’t we expect this new invention to become the prerequisite design for Geordi’s VISOR?

Google's Project Glass

What are Google Goggles? Google Goggles is the next generation of computer technology. Just as Smart Phones and iOS devices were the next generation advances that combined cell phones and computers, Google Goggles are the next phase in computer technology that allows the user to compile information from a single image or collection of words and phrases. The process is technically a lot more complex that I made it sound. So the best way to explain this is with an analogy.

When you look at an object, your brain analyzes and synthesizes an accurate representation of that object in your mind; it is a way of bringing reality completely within the scope and grasp of your mind. You can look at something as seamless and simple as an apple and understand the concepts of color, taste, texture, and other things just from looking at it and experiencing it (i.e. seeing the apple and relating sight with your other senses). Your brain will compile information from that experience, analyze it, integrate its conceptual domains in your consciousness, and react from it; this information is both useful and necessary for your survival as an autonomous, free-willed individual. You may not notice it, but there is a whole complicated, multifaceted process involved in looking at an image and extracting useful data from it, not unlike the way a computer would analyze a data set to return a logical, mathematical conclusion. Just as a calculator uses a simple algorithm to determine that 1 + 1 is equal to 2, your brain uses a highly advanced algorithm to understand and form concepts from reality. While nature has had millions of years of trial and error to evolve a brain as complex as ours from the bottom-up, it is tremendously more difficult for scientists to work top-down to recreate a brain-like computer that can take a picture of an apple and analyze that image into bits of information and form concepts of taste, color, and texture from the experience. It would be like asking your inanimate digital camera trying to grasp the concept of “food” just from the image of an apple. All a camera could do is take a picture, render that image into bits of digital information, and re-render the info into a visual representation of reality; it can’t analyze or synthesize it beyond that. It can’t tell you how an apple is conceptually related to a human being any more than it can visually take a snapshot of a human being eating an apple; the software of a camera is direct and limited while the software of a human brain is so much more complex.

This is why the Google Goggles is so extraordinary! It is a computer feature that will analyze images taken by a camera phone for key words and phrases. We already have Smart Phone technology that can analyze a barcodes, conceptualize the codes on a very minimalistic level (by minimalistic, I mean preprogrammed), and finally return a webpage linked to the image. What is so remarkable about Google Goggles is that it can do more than just analyze a barcode: it can conceptualize words and search for key phrases on the internet to find even more relevant information. When Smart Phones was limited to a preprogramed software to analyze barcodes, Google Goggles is the next step in computer evolution that can analyze whole words and sentences from a picture. It may not grasp the full meaning of a sentence, but it can at least identify the individual words of a sentence. With object identity (such as distinguishing an apple from a human), the app would have some difficulty, but who’s to say that the current program can’t be improved upon to make that an eventuality?

When before taking a picture with a camera phone revealed nothing more than an image, now Google Goggles can allow one to take a picture of an object to recall more detailed information beyond what is revealed in just the image alone. Of course, it isn’t perfect: there are certain things it can’t do and object recognition is nowhere near as sophisticated as word/phrase identification, but the software can still do amazing things.

The video below explains more about Google Goggles.

Watch the video Google released to hype the development of Project Glass below.

Obviously, if we can design a computer program that analyzes its surroundings for conceptual feedback, then imagine the possibilities for artificial intelligence in the future. This is very much a Science Fact, no doubt, but why the reference to Geordi’s VISOR? How are the two related? Well, the VISOR works in very much the same way: the VISOR picks up visual information from the environment in more wavelengths than the human eye can detect and interpret those signals into a digital format that the brain can understand. In a sense, the VISOR is a piece of technology that is able to conceptualize its environment in a form more accessible to the human brain.

The main differences are (1) Google Goggles are more sophisticated in the sense that the program does the “thinking” for you and (2) the VISOR can pick up wavelengths outside of the visual region of the electromagnetic spectrum. I can see huge potential for Google Goggles as a visual aid for the blind sometime in the future. If a neuroscientist can bypass the eyes and apply visual-sensory input directly to the brain’s analytical regions (also known as association areas), then there is no reason not to expect microcomputers in the future that could potentially alleviate blindness in those that cannot see as well as offer Smart Phone/iPhone users a very interesting and useful app.

Star Trek Tech is Just Around the Corner [Infographic]

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When Star Trek debuted in the 1960′s it exposed people around the world to a bright future full of high tech gadgets. 45 Years, 6 different television series and 11 movies later, Star Trek has undoubtedly had a large impact on the world around us, inspiring scientists, artists and inventors to develop the technology that shaped their childhood.

From smartphones, tablet computers, 3D printers and large screen displays, our daily lives have begun to resemble what just a few decades ago was only science-fiction.

The following infographic illustrates the some of the technology used in Star Trek, where we are today, and which missing components of them are yet to be realized.

What technology used in Star Trek would you like to see become reality?

Star Trek Technology Infographic

[Source: Sortable.com]

Star Trek Remembers Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 56 — leaving behind a legacy and vision, which has shaped technology and will continue to live on within many of us.

When Jobs introduced the iPad in 2009, Star Trek fans were immediately reminded of technology used in several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, the PADD.

On Wednesday, after news of Jobs’ death broke, it took only a few minutes for #RIPSteveJobs to become a trending topic on Twitter, with several Star Trek personalities chiming in.

Star Trek (2009) co-producer, Damon Lindelof wrote “Steve Jobs. On behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try to change the world, you will be missed.”

Along with Lindelof, several other Star Trek celebrities, consultants and personalities chimed in, remembering the Apple icon, including Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Wil Wheaton, Michael Okuda, Chase Masterson, Larry Nemecek and Rod Roddenberry.

How are you remembering Steve Jobs?

Brent Spiner

LeVar Burton on Steve Jobs' death

Wil Wheaton on Steve Jobs' death

Chase Masterson on Steve Jobs' death

Mike Okuda on Steve Jobs' death

Larry Nemecek on Steve Jobs' death

Damon Lindelof on Steve Jobs' death