Fantasy vs. Reality

Often times I have come across a really cool or unique concept, technology, or graphic portrayed in a movie which then makes me think could this really exist? what is the inspiration behind it? Film is one of the most popular forms of entertainment that exist in our world today, and as film makers are pushing the limits with modern technology it really makes you begin to wonder what is really possible in our world today. Two movies in particular have caught my eye, Minority Report starring Tom Cruise and Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. In Minority Report, Tom Cruise’s character basically uses an interactive UI (user interface) to catch potential criminals before they have committed a crime. This may present some questions and concerns on many levels but for the sake of this post I am only interested in the character’s interaction with the digital interface. I believe one day we may begin to design and create buildings “hands free”, this leads into the next movie Iron Man. In Iron Man, Tony Starks interacts with his computer digitally, with interactive technology, Stark’s is able to pull apart his Iron Man suit and solve any design and maintenance issues that may be presented. As you can see in the video’s below these two examples are fantasy.

Fantasy pt. 1

Fantasy pt. 2

Now that we have seen the movie side of this technology, let’s take a look at two examples which are taking technology like this and making it a reality. Here is the first example from FAST, it is pretty much a replication of  pre-crime from the movie. Part two of this “Minority Report”, is less infringing upon privacy but captures the same type of UI interaction which we see in the movie, the technology being developed is called g-speak – a spatial operating environment. Check out the video below and see previous link to website for more info.


g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.

The second video begins to push the envelope even further and the video gaming environment begins to invade our own. The technology I speak of is called the kinect for the X-Box gaming system. Many hackers have began to break this technology down and really explore what its capabilities are besides playing games, most interesting to me is how one hacker began to interact with AutoCAD “hands free”.