Nov 16 2008 4:23pm

Bring in the Precogs.

Via Engadget, we’ve got a doozy for everyone who watched The Minority Report and came out of the theater lusting after that slick, sweet, computer interface that that crazy dude with the alien fixation was rockin’: it seems that one of the science advisors from the film has gotten together with an outfit called Oblong to bring the concept interface from the film to life. So far, they seem to have a pretty cool proof-of-concept set up. Check it out:

g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.

Bridget McGovern
1. BMcGovern
Okay. First, this looks amazing. At the same time, part of me really wishes they had used "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" for background music, because that's pretty much all I could think about while watching it. The hand motions are exactly the same as the Disney cartoon. Not a helpful comment, I know, but it feeds into my whole "technology equals magic" thing :)

Check it out: YouTube

Also, "Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise Crazy"...Nice.
Rich Rennicks
2. RichR
I'm designing a new home office for myself and was thinking a white board on one wall would be useful. Wow, does that seem boring after this.

I wonder if they need beta testers...
Tara Chang
3. tlchang
Um... wow...!

All that intuitive rotation of three-dimensional objects in space....

Chris Johnston
4. cljohnston108
Actually, the first time we saw this was in TekWar, then in Earth: Final Conflict.
But Minority Report gets all the credit.
Pablo Defendini
5. pablodefendini
I just wanted an excuse to link to that Coulton song, really....
Soni Pitts
6. sonipitts named, no doubt, because all you can do is sit there and watch it and go, ""

Or, yanno, "g" is short for "geek seizure." :-D

Damn, that's pretty.
Bruce Cohen
7. SpeakerToManagers
Yep, pretty. But it's missing something that I really want: speech input. There is an absolutely fantastic video that Richard Bolt made at MIT in 1979 or '80 using the great-grandfather of this interface: you could point at things and move them around. But, you could also point at something on the big screen on the wall, say "Put that" then swing your pointing finger to somewhere else and say, "there." and whatever "that" was would be moved to "there". If Oblong built that into their interface, I'd get one.
Eric Tolle
8. ErictheTolle
Amazing looking, but I have doubts as to how practical it would be- especially if the setup requires me to stand up all the time while using it.

Most likely it would be useful for specialized applications like cadcam or other highly graphics related work.

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