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Posted on July 11, 2011 by PopFunkThis re-post was brought to you by the Star Trek T Shirt Collection at popfunk.com and startrek.com. CBS Interactive, which developed it in conjunction with CBS Mobile and ArcTouch, the official Star Trek PADD (Personal Access Display Device) app features an impressive, interactive database of Star Trek television show information, ranging from characters and ships to alien worlds and an episode guide, as well as Star Trek images, including a faithful reproduction of the LCARS interface, plus a recognizable computer voice, familiar Star Trek sounds and more, all spanning from The Original Series to Star Trek: Enterprise. Additionally, fans can keep track of the latest Star Trek news and interact with fellow Star Trek fans from the official Star Trek Facebook page and Twitter, both of which are directly integrated into the apps. “Star Trek fans are passionately involved with all things Star Trek,” said Rob Gelick, SVP and GM, CBS Mobile. “Through this app, both die-hard Trekkers and casual show enthusiasts are able to delve into a rich array of computer sounds, images and Star Trek-related information.” Three particularly passionate Trek fans played pivotal roles in the inspiration of the Star Trek PADD App: Eric Shapiro, Denise Okuda and Michael Okuda. Shapiro, of ArcTouch, developed the app, while Michael Okuda was in charge of the computer interface designs of the Starships Enterprise as part of his job as scenic art supervisor and technical consultant on TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise, and Denise Okuda was a graphic artist and video/computer graphics supervisor on DS9, Voyager and Enterprise. “I am a huge Star Trek fan,” says Shapiro, who co-founded ArcTouch in 2009 with Adam Fingerman after a career spent at Apple, where they worked as product managers on what eventually became iOS. “My dad was a fan, and I think I’ve been watching Star Trek since I was born, which was two years after the original show started in 1966. I have been to several conventions and I’m lucky my wife is just as much of a fan. At my first startup, one of my employees got me the book Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek. I'm not saying I'm Captain Picard, but one can always dream.’ And why now for a Star Trek PADD app? “We came up with this proposal because, as Star Trek fans, with the launch of the iPad, technology finally hit the point where we could simulate the PADD device,” Shapiro replies. “Then the question was: how do we transport people today into that future universe, and that’s where the conversation with CBS began.” A highlight of the process came when Shapiro and the ArcTouch team offered a demonstration of the app to the Okudas. “(That) was one of the most nerve-wracking moments,” Shapiro recalls. “Michael was the official designer of the LCARS computers displays used in TNG, DS9 and Voyager. Getting Michael and Denise’s approval is a huge feather in our cap.” And, indeed, the Okudas were duly impressed. “My favorite part of the Star Trek PADD app?” Michael Okuda asks, repeating a question just posed to him. “I love being able to use a functional implementation of my LCARS interface style to browse through actual Star Trek information. Back when the PADD first appeared on TNG, none of us imagined that today we’d be able to hold the real thing in our hands. But the Star Trek PADD App, running on your iPad, is an actual miniature, handheld, touch-sensitive, 24th-century-style computer screen.” Adds Denise Okuda, “The Star Trek PADD app shows that yesterday’s visionary science fiction can become today’s real-world technology, thanks to the brilliance of today’s scientists, engineers, programmers, and designers. The Star Trek PADD app is a little piece of Star Trek’s future brought to life. It’s not only authentic Trek, but it’s fun, too.” The Star Trek PADD app can be purchased for $4.99 on the App Store for the iPad. Check out screenshots from the PADD below: Sound off: Do any of you Trekkies think you'll buy the app? What do you think about the interface only being made available on the iPad and not on iPhone or Android devices?!
Posted on July 5, 2011 by PopFunkThis remixed re-post is brought to you by the Happy Days T Shirt Collection at popfunk.com and www.movieweb.comAngry Birds Movie Eyes 2014 Release DateDevelopment on a theatrical adaptation of Rovio's popular Smart Phone game Angry Birds is moving forward, with former Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel coming aboard as a special advisor.Angry Birds is still a long way from seeing theater screens, with the earliest year for release being 2014.David Maisel will serve as an executive producer on the project. He is also the executive producer behind this summer's Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor.Here is what David Maisel had to say about the film."There has been so much chatter about an Angry Birds' movie, but it's now real. The process is starting now. People are interacting with these characters six inches from them each time they play, and that creates an emotional connection. This is not an American thing. It's not even a Finnish thing. It's a global thing that's something I've never seen before. It will be exciting to expand (this intellectual property) within Hollywood."Finnish animation studio Kombo, which was acquisitioned last year by Rovio, will produce a series of animated shorts introducing each character, leading directly into the launch of the feature film. It isn't known how soon the first of these shorts will become available to the viewing public, but Angry Birds is in development.Three cheers for the Cinema Gods! If it's produced in 3-D we'll be in the theatre taking count of all the simulated "bird-in-my-face" reactions. Are you excited about this new project?