Star Trek App Turns Your iPhone Into A TransporterBy: Shaylin Clark - April 13, 2012
In two weeks the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo comes to Calgary, Canada. The three-day expo starts on April 27th and features a celebrity guest lineup to make most geeks drool. Guests include Adam Baldwin (best known for Firefly and Chuck), Stan Lee, Adam West, Robert Englund (better known as Freddy Krueger), and the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
To celebrate, officials from the Expo contacted E-Axis about producing an app that attendees could enjoy around town. Dubbed Vulcan Tourism Transporter, the universal iOS app is an augmented reality app that allows you to use transporter effects to make your friends (or anybody, really) disappear. Several bus stops around Calgary will be decorated with backgrounds that look like the interior of the Enterprise transporter room from Star Trek: The Next Generation. If you have the app on your iPhone or iPad, you just put your friends in front of the background, point the camera at them, and swipe the “Engergize” slider to beam them away. Swipe the slider again to bring them back (if they’re wearing a red shirt, you might want to go ahead and hit that slider quickly).
Here’s a video of the app in action:
According to the official Expo site, the app is available for download now, but the link they provide doesn’t appear to be working at the moment. The Expo is April 27th-29th. The bus stops in Calgary are already sporting the transporter room background, and will remain so until the end of April.