Software architect, Pascal Heiden, designed this home computer system with the same LCARS interface used in “Star Trek: TNG.” The LCARS (Library Computer Access/Retrieval System) graphical user interface was designed by “TNG” Scenic Art Supervisor and technical consultant Michael Okuda. The original design concept was influenced by a request from Gene Roddenberry that the instrument panels not have a great deal of activity on them. This minimalized look was designed to give a sense that the technology was much more advanced than in the original series. The early display panels were made out of colored backlit Plexiglas. As the show progressed, use of animations increased. Most were displayed on video equipment built into the sets.