Posted On Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 08:59:46 AM
Washington: The software behind the film Minority Report – where Tom Cruise speeds through video on a large screen using only hand gestures – is making its way into the real world.
• David Schwartz demonstrates the use of a data glove to navigate on a computer screen at software company Oblong Industries' offices in Washington
The interface developed by scientist John Underkoffler has been commercialised by Oblong Industries as a way to sift through massive amounts of video and other data.
And yes, the software can be used by law enforcement and intelligence services. But no, it is not the “precrime” detection program illustrated in the 2002 sci-fi film.
Kwin Kramer, chief executive of Oblong, said the software can help in searching through “big data” for information. “We think the future of computing is multiuser, multiscreen, multidevice,” said Kramer.
“This system helps with big workflow problems.” Akey part of the system is the gesture interface, which the company calls the “g-speak” spatial operating environment. That grew out of a project by Underkoffler – then a scientist at the MIT – for Minority Report, before he became chief scientist at startup Oblong.
“We have demo versions of this kind of software which show exactly the Minority Report user experience, allowing you to move back and forth in time, or to zoom in to look at details,” Kramer said.
“I think most people look at those Minority Report interfaces and imagine how they could use that flexible system in their own office or designs studio,” Kramer said. “It isn't science fiction, it's real.”