Future present - the virtual user interface is here
Minority Report was a load of old cock for the most part, but for two very important reasons:
- it had jetpacks, and
- like Star Trek before it, the film provided a vision of future technology that would go onto inspire the technology of the future
We're already interacting with computers using hand gestures - the iPhone and Microsoft Surface, for example - but these still require physical contact between the user and interface. For a glimpse into virtual interfaces that are possible right now, see what these two clever clogs from MIT are up to. It's utterly dull up until about 1'40" but then gets very, very exciting:
Given the low costs involved, this could be a realistic step forward for digital interaction. So long as we don't forget about the jetpacks. The future is all about jetpacks. Hurry up.