Insprired by Chris Foresman’s article How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad… 23 years ago I fell into all these wonderful computer interfaces created by Michael Okuda. He was scenic art supervisor for Star Trek NG and “… responsible for such things as the look of alien languages, computer screens, graphic detailing and perhaps even the look of the exotic artifacts Picard has collected. His most recognizable achievement is the creation of okudagrams, the futuristic glass-covered control panels … displayed by a LCARS computer …”

Orkudagram (from http://www.startreklives.de/lcars2.htm)

Library Computer Access and Retrieval System

A very special device he also created is the so called PADD, which is an “… acronym for Personal Access Display Device, a hand-held computer interface… ” you find in several variations available of course for different species…

A Federation PADD from http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Padd

PADD on the iPad

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Erhard Wimmer

Master of Desaster