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A '''PADD''' is a hand-held [[computer]]. "PADD" is an acronym for '''P'''ersonal '''A'''ccess '''D'''isplay '''D'''evice. It is standard issue on all [[Starfleet]] vessels and installations as early as [[2151]]. A PADD typically has a large touchscreen (compared to that of a [[tricorder]]) and a minimalistic control panel. PADDs are powered by [[sarium-krellide]] power cells. It can be used to observe work shifts, manifests, library records, diagnostic reports, and system checks.
 
A '''PADD''' is a hand-held [[computer]]. "PADD" is an acronym for '''P'''ersonal '''A'''ccess '''D'''isplay '''D'''evice. It is standard issue on all [[Starfleet]] vessels and installations as early as [[2151]]. A PADD typically has a large touchscreen (compared to that of a [[tricorder]]) and a minimalistic control panel. PADDs are powered by [[sarium-krellide]] power cells. It can be used to observe work shifts, manifests, library records, diagnostic reports, and system checks.

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A PADD is a hand-held computer. "PADD" is an acronym for Personal Access Display Device. It is standard issue on all Starfleet vessels and installations as early as 2151. A PADD typically has a large touchscreen (compared to that of a tricorder) and a minimalistic control panel. PADDs are powered by sarium-krellide power cells. It can be used to observe work shifts, manifests, library records, diagnostic reports, and system checks.

By the 24th century, these devices became so versatile one could theoretically emulate a starship's control panels to manage major ship functions. Usually running on LCARS software, it could interface with the main computers and other portable devices (such as tricorders, communicators and other PADDs) via wireless link.

Many other species, including Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians use similar devices for wireless computer access.

Extras on Star Trek shows have been known to jokingly refer to PADDs as "hall passes".

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PADD inner workings

  • In this image showing the internal circuitry of a PADD, it appears to use printed circuit boards just like present-day computers. It seems strange that the PADD would use such an old technology.
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