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Awesome tech in the movies: 10 instances

Minority Report

Touchscreens are a bit less impressive these days, but in 2002, manipulating a giant screen with gloves looked like a good time, even if it was in the pursuit of would-be criminals.

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9 comments
Suresh Mukhi
Suresh Mukhi

What? No Willy Wonka's Great Glass elevator, or Chocolate River, or the machine that can transmit a chocolate bar right to my TV screen. Now THAT's awesome tech!

maj37
maj37

Well a better list than the one about bad tech in the movies. Still this list is very new movie heavy, there was some amazing tech in the movies years ago.I would guess either Erin is too young to remember them or she refuses to recognize anything that was amazing in its day even if it is a little dated today.

wyattharris
wyattharris

One of the best things about Tron Legacy was how close it got to real tech while still remaining cool.

Scruitol
Scruitol

Re. Click - a rewind button would come in handy now and then... :)

info
info

That's the whole thing. Minority Report wasn't using 'touch screens'. They were gesture-based, and amazingly (of course) intuitive. That's the technology that'll take off. You don't have to worry about using your console after eating a messy meal! ;)

sasadler
sasadler

@info 

Hm,  as a firmware developer I see little advantage to touch or gesture based access for my work.  How would it be better than a keyboard and mouse for writing C/C++ code?  How do I tell my editor to go to line 1357 of the current buffer with touch or gesture?  Touch and gesture may be ok for consumption of information (docs and video) but I don't see a lot of usage scenarios on the creation side.

poisson59
poisson59

@sasadler


THIS is what gesture-based technology enables: Digital Transit Shelters.


Gesture detection (using a camera), 84-in screen, wireless connection (3G cellphone network). Our parent company is pretty proud of these. After Montréal, they are soon going up in Laval (2nd largest city in QUébec, Canada).


Allows consulting bus timetables, view a detailed map of bus and métro system, pinpoint your location in the city, watch the latest news and daily weather forecasts. And, of course, provide targeted and interactive publicity (which pays for the system).


Have a look: 

http://www.stm.info/en/info/advice/transit-shelters

http://abribus.ca/en/digital-transit-shelter/