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Evolution of the Homebrew Star Trek LCARS Interface for #RaspberryPi

We blogged this first video of the LCARS interface a couple years ago. It was the video that went viral and no doubt inspired many others to experiment with LCARS on various screen devices. But the maker and YouTube user Boltzmann138 went on to create a few other videos that demonstrate the further capabilities of LCARS, from further simulating Star Trek-like experiences to controlling home automation and music player functionalities.

Here’s the evolution of those videos over time – 18 months from start to finish. No new videos have been uploaded by Boltzmann138 for quite a while. Another iteration of LCARS using Pygame is still very much alive and being continually developed here on GitHub.


This first video catapulted Boltzmann138 into Star Trek star-dom:

(LCARS stands for Library Computer Access/Retrieval System by the way – it’s the operating system used in Star Trek, first appearing by name in The Next Generation.)


This video demonstrates the ‘red screen alert’ function:


And these other videos demonstrate using LCARS to control everything from Squeezebox to lamps to webcams, to running on mobile device screens and even touchscreens. Basically everything you dreamed about while watching Star Trek and imagining using their touch-panel interfaces is actually possible!


 

 

 

 


See the LCARS interface for Raspberry Pi using Pygame here on GitHub.


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