Minority Report User Interface Brought to Life

MovieTechTEDby Joey Paur

John Underkoffler served as a science advisor for Steven Spielberg on the film Minority Report. This same man who worked on developing future technology for the movie has now brought that technology to life, and recently gave a demo of the g-speak 3D user interface at TED 2010.

Remember the data interface from Minority Report? Well, it’s real, John Underkoffler invented it — as a point-and-touch interface called g-speak — and it’s about to change the way we interact with data. John Underkoffler led the team that came up with this interface, called the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment. His company, Oblong Industries, was founded to move g-speak into the real world. Oblong is building apps for aerospace, bioinformatics, video editing and more. But the big vision is ubiquity: g-speak on every laptop, every desktop, every microwave oven, TV, dashboard. “It has to be like this,” he says. “We all of us every day feel that. We build starting there. We want to change it all.”

I remember when I first saw that movie I thought that technology was so freakin' cool, at the time who would have thought we would actually see it come to life. Check out the 15 minute demo video below.

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