Control panel

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The control and display surfaces utilized by Star Fleet are software and user defined surfaces. The software is LCARS or Library Computer Access and Retrieval System. LCARS is the operating system used by Star Fleet to access and control data within the computer and control the various systems on a ship or star base.

While the control panel each has a default, setup depending on the function that particular control panel is meant to serve. This arrangement can be customized by the operator to suit the current needs or personal preferences of the user. The LCARS system works in the background continuously monitoring the operator’s activity and offer a selection of the most frequently chose courses of action while still allowing the operator to manually enter an action choice not on the list of possible actions.

The panels can also accept vocal input if the operator so desires to do so but most often commands are entered into the panel through physical manipulation of the control panel.


Control Surface layers:

The outer most layer is fabricated form a 2.5 mm tripolymer-coated transparent aluminum wafer into which is embedded a sensor matrix that detects tactile input of the operator’s touch. A transducer matrix is also incorporated into this layer to provide tactile and auditory feedback to the operator.

The transparent aluminum wafer layer is chemically bonded into a triaxial display crystal membrane. This serves as a high resolution graphic display medium. There are monocrystal microwaveguides space 1.8 mm intervals in this layer to provide electro plasma system power transmission to the upper sensor matrix and transducer layers.

The substrate layer of the control surface is composed of microfoamed polyduranide sheeting, which provides structural integrity to the control surface. Incorporated into this layer is a matrix of optical nanoprocesors that permit the display surface sheeting to be self-configuring. The nanoprocesors include sufficient nonvolatile memory to permit system operation, even in the absence of support from the main computer.