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PostSubject: Six Real Gadgets Minority Report Predicted Correctly   Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:56 pm

from wired.com

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The future-predicting technology that drives the premise of the sci-fi blockbuster Minority Report is silly at best.
And when the film hit theaters in 2002, the gadgets seemed pretty unrealistic, too. But eerily enough the slew of dreamed-up gizmos showed off throughout John Anderton’s daring escape are hardening into reality.

No, our government hasn’t yet imprisoned a group of nude psychics to combat crime. But some of the latest over-the-top gadgets are making director Steven Spielberg and writer
Philip Dick appear to be fortunetellers themselves — of the technology world, at least. Here’s a list of some disturbing, or just plain cool tech teased in the movie that’ll be hitting home in one form or another.


Gesture-based Computer Interfaces


A visually awesome, albeit seemingly impractical piece of tech that the film highlights is the 3-D-hologram computer interface that Anderton controls with graceful hand gestures. Mgestyk Technologies is playing off the same idea with its gesture-based interface, which consists of a 3-D camera and software that translates hand movements into commands to control computer applications and games. From looking at the demo video, the interface appears to be a bit laggy, but progress is progress.



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visually awesome, albeit seemingly impractical piece of tech that the film highlights is the 3-D-hologram computer interface that Anderton controls with graceful hand gestures. Mgestyk Technologies is playing off the same idea with its gesture-based interface, which consists of a 3-D camera and software that translates hand movements into commands to control computer applications and games. From looking at the demo video, the interface appears to be a bit laggy, but progress is progress.

Flexible Displays



Spielberg and Dick clearly aren’t optimistic about the future of print, because in Report
the medium is entirely replaced with thin, flexible electronic displays. Even better, the displays automatically update with the latest news articles, presumably from futuristic RSS feeds. Thanks to the United
States’ tendency to dump billions of dollars into military funding, we’ll see a gadget just like that in about three years.
Composed of specialty polymer and thin stainless-steel substrates, the screens will display characters with the electrophoretic ink (E-Ink)
technology seen on today’s e-book readers (e.g., the Amazon Kindle).
Hopefully by then E-Ink will achieve color.

3-D Holograms


Probably the cheesiest scene in Report is the one where Anderton is watching a home video of his wife and pre-kidnapped son. But more interestingly, the video is projected as a 3-D hologram, making it appear as if his wife and son are standing right in front of him. CNN tried to recreate that effect with its recent election coverage. Granted, the anchors and reporters being videotaped weren’t actually looking at holograms. Instead, they were looking at monitors, and CNN used 44 small, fixed cameras and 20
computers to insert virtual holograms with real-time effects processing. Fake holograms! Wait, that’s kind of redundant, isn’t it?

Identity-Detecting Advertisement Cameras


Surely you recall the scene in Report
when Anderton is trying to run from the PoPo — but cameras keep scanning his eyeballs, only to play targeted advertisements based on his identity. A new display from NEC is creepily similar. Announced in July and premiering in Japan,
NEC’s display utilizes a miniature camera to detect a person’s age and sex so it can play specific commercials aimed at a shopper’s demographic. Don’t get a black-market surgeon to remove your eyeballs just yet: Playing ads on a TV isn’t nearly as invasive as the ubiquitous holograms in Report. But it’s the same intrusive, identity-probing idea.

Robot Scouts


You would think the police in Report go a bit too far when they deploy creepy, crawly spiderbots to chase down Anderton. But there’s no limit line for the U.S. military, which has a pretty similar idea: Robot teams that hunt down culprits, according to a story in The Register. The "Multi-Robot Support System" will consist of software and sensors to detect human presence indoors. A human operator will be able to control a team of three to five robots that will weigh up to 220 pounds each. Hum. that’s actually a lot more terrifying than the scout bots in Report.

We couldn’t find a picture of the Pentagon’s robot scouts for the simple reason that they don’t exist yet. So, until they do, you’ll have to pretend the goofy, costumed nerds above are actually a small swarm of terrifying, human-hunting automatons.

Predicting Mistakes


We’re nowhere near figuring out how to see into the future, but neuroscientists are devising a method to predict mistakes. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study where researchers recorded neurological patterns preceding careless errors. This could lead to a biofeedback system that helps us catch mistakes before making them. That’s certainly more civil than throwing a group of test subjects into a tub and plugging them in.



For pictures and whole article: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/11/four-future-gad/
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PostSubject: Re: Six Real Gadgets Minority Report Predicted Correctly   Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:00 pm

Now, I usually post things that stand on their own, but that first post leads into this one... and can you tell I was a fan of Minority Report??

Minority Report Blu-ray Explores Spielberg’s Futuristic Vision

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He rarely does much in the way of DVD commentary, but director Steven Spielberg weighs in on the making of Minority Report as part of an hour-plus package of new bonus material packaged with Tuesday’s Blu-ray re-release of the 2002 tech thriller


Set in 2054, the Tom Cruise sci-fi flick follows a “precrimes” fighter charged with preventing murders before they occur.

Plotline aside, the Blu-ray disc shines a light on Minority Report’s chief virtue by showing how Spielberg and his brain trust of futurists, inventors and designers created an array of technologies that anticipated real-world gadgets.

“The Future Realized” featurette, for example, describes the G-Speak (gesture interface technology) screen that enabled Cruise’s character to manipulate information from a computer with a wave of the hand.

Developed for the movie by MIT graduate John Underkoffler, the “spatial operating environment” has become a fixture on cable TV news networks and is marketed by the inventor’s Oblong Industries.

“We had this very clear brief from Steven Spielberg,” production designer Alex McDowell told Wired.com in a phone interview. “He wanted a reality-based future rather than science fiction. That set in motion this process of building an interior logic that would drive how this world would function.”



Another Blu-ray bonus: A previsualization clip sketches out the movie’s “Maglev Chase” sequence, which features a 3,000-foot vertical drop. To come up with the magnetic levitation vehicle, McDowell, who more recently created the alt-world of Watchmen, says: “We basically combined an idea of an elevator and taxi cab into a single vehicle. Then we had to overcome the engineering problem: How does a vehicle travel both vertically and horizontally? By the time we worked all of that stuff out, we had a framework for a sequence that hadn’t been written yet.”

Priced at $30 ($20 on Amazon), the Minority Report Blu-ray package also includes a “Props of the Future” featurette, space-age commercials and a previz clip detailing the film’s “Hoverpack” sequence.


thank you Wired.com!!

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/04/minority-report-spielberg-futurist/
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