RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 149,546
Posts: 5,945,085
Members: 26,482
Currently online: 446
Newest member: angiebangie68

TrekToday headlines

STO Community Supports Chase Masterson Charity
By: T'Bonz on Nov 26

Greenwood To Receive Award
By: T'Bonz on Nov 26

Shatner In Hallmark Christmas Movie
By: T'Bonz on Nov 26

Abrams On Star Trek Into Darkness Flaws
By: T'Bonz on Nov 25

Star Trek Beyond In IMAX
By: T'Bonz on Nov 25

Red Shirt Diaries: The Return of The Archons
By: T'Bonz on Nov 23

Abrams Loves His Lens Flares
By: T'Bonz on Nov 23

Elba Star Trek Beyond Character Speculation
By: T'Bonz on Nov 23

Retro Review: Meld
By: Michelle Erica Green on Nov 20

Borg Cube Paper Lantern
By: T'Bonz on Nov 20

Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.

Go Back   The Trek BBS > Misc. Star Trek > Trek Tech

Trek Tech Pass me the quantum flux regulator, will you?

Thread Tools
Old October 30 2012, 10:39 PM   #1
Mark_Nguyen's Avatar
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Is the TNG LCARS still futuristic?

As a work of art contributing to the futuristic look of the show, arguably LCARS has little actual ergonomics behind the layout, for example in how it includes large areas on the screen with little apparent use, and has little apparent ability for text input (as is being discussed in another thread). We know that it was created to look futuristic - but does that mean it's believable from our point of view? Frankly - is the LCARS interface dated and irrelevant now that almost EVERYONE has a touchscreen they use daily? In 1987-2000, anyone who used a computer had a keyboard, monitor and eventually a mouse. But if Trek is to look suitably futuristic, should it have more than touchscreens everywhere?

We have Windows 8 officially out this month, and IMO its tile-based Modern UI is very relateable to the "look" of LCARS.

Then there's iOS and Android, sharing similar icon-based looks. LCARS doesn't really have that feature, although Android's widgets present information in a similar way

And the standard Windows and OSX desktops we all know, have arguably the least to related to TNG computer interfaces.

I know I'm missing Blackberry, WebOS (heh), and I'm sure some other UI types that are open-source or whatever. My question is - are any UIs closer to the LCARS style interface we see in Trek? Is there anything comparable?

</brain dump as a result of all the tablets and stuff revealed in the past week>

Mark Nguyen - Producer
The 404s - Improv Comedy Group

Oh, I like that Trek thing too...

Last edited by Mark_Nguyen; October 30 2012 at 10:56 PM. Reason: Re-focused topic
Mark_Nguyen is online now   Reply With Quote
Old November 3 2012, 02:33 AM   #2
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Send a message via AIM to DEWLine Send a message via Yahoo to DEWLine
Re: Is the TNG LCARS close to any actual OS?

Ohhhh, but we're going to have fun arguing over principles of infographics...


Dwight Williams
DEWLine is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.