While working on n3rd4u.com I had BBC America tuned in – in the background and I started to tap my foot when I heard a familiar theme song come on, yep it was Star Trek®. It got me thinking, I wondered what iOS app’s were still available for download so it sent me off on this quest, and the next article you’re now reading. Trekkies break out your iOS device and hit the iTunes App’s Store.
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These apps out there that are well worth your attention, they are:
Tricorder TR-580 .99¢
Created by Matthias Schorer and has created the ultimate Tricorder UI for your iOS device. The Tricorder was the universal, portable scanning device that was utilized in the series of Star Trek® that every Science officer used while in the field. From the iTunes description – “The TR-580 Mark III includes additional features not present in the previous Mark II version. Along with a complete overhaul of the graphic interface, the sound effects have been recomposed so as to come as close to the original sound effects as is possible. Thanks to the graphic skills of Andy Tudor, the Tricorder TR-580 now features a completely refurbished user interface. In addition, a new Settings application allows the user to enable/disable sound effects, enable auto powerup when the TR-580 application is launched, and enable the new tracking feature OF THE TR-580. Because of copyright reasons Tricorder TR-580 cannot and will not feature sounds from the original Star Trek movies.” Frankly it’s a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see it on my iPad :D
Created by Craig Lindley – SensorFun is a nod to the medical bay from the series Star Trek®. It makes a good prop while at your desk, or in a L.A.R.P.I.N.G. situation, but outside of that, its just another Trekkies Toy that doesn’t do much of anything.
This app is created by Park Bench Software, LLC. From the iTunes description – “A multi-function utility with an entertainment twist – it looks like a classic sci-fi device/interface. Functions include: System – various information about the device, (including Device ID) and ability to email device info, Battery status, Network: public I.P. address and host name, Location: global coordinates, using GPS if available, with the ability to email the information (including a Google maps link), Motion: accelerometer data, Audio: microphone levels (average and peak), Data: file system information including total size and space available. It’s a great app at your next L.A.R.P.I.N.G. event.
This app is created by Dei Maciavelli (as listed on iTunes App Store) and its an alarm clock with the theme of Star Trek® which is better known as LCARS. The nice feature is this app allows multiple alarms at any given time. There appears to be some kind of dispute between the rights holders of Star Trek® and the programmer, a note on the iTunes description reads “I am currently working with the powers to be to help resolves the issues that will help to keep the existence of this app.” I do recall reading that “the powers that be” had a different programmer take down a LCARS styled app that was a copyright/trademark/registered violation and since then the app was pulled from the iTunes store (it was a blogging-tool). The same programmer also offers you 6 LCARS .99¢ which simulates 6 LCARS/Star Trek® systems that you would expect to see on any Federation Starship.
From the iTunes description – “iStardate shows the current stardate. It can be used as a clock, because the stardate is updated when time passes.” From the program – “As everyone knows the format how to calculate stardates is not obvious and there are a lot of discussions about how to present them. We have decided to use the common format, which is illutrated by the following example. The date 30.06.2009 equals to [-28] 01475.00. It can be disputed that is this the correct format, however this is probably the most common format, Enjoy!” The app is simple in nature and gives you a starry-background that a simple clean white font displays the current stardate. There is a convert button that allows you to manually dial in month, day, year and will then present your proper stardate. Great if you wanted to know a special date like a birthday, wedding, anniversary, etc.
From the iTunes description – “Presented by Michael Dorn of the popular Star Trek: Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and featuring the author Marc Okrand, this tool introduces students of interplanetary language and culture to the nuances of Klingon. “ I owned the book version of this when it first came out and yes several friends of mine and I did speak fluent conversational Klingon for kicks, we even programmed a Macintosh Quadra 840av to only take Klingon commands. If you are a fan of the series, and you always wanted to catch Klingon comments that were never translated into English, now is your chance to learn the language and translate it yourself. The app is very well laid out, it truly makes you feel you’re at a terrain school of instruction learning an interplanetary language before you leave Sector 001 and make your way out to the stars. Aside from Conversation you also gain access to a Dictionary, Phrases and so much more. The UI is clean, buttons right in the middle of the screen and very easy to use.