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Oblong Makes Spatial Computing a Reality

By November 24, 2008Emerging Technology


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Minority Report made spatial, interactive computing famous.  In those scenes, Tom Cruise is interacting with a screen in front of him with his hands.  He pushes information back and forth and pics parts to display at the table in front of him.  Well, looks like Oblong has gone and made that a reality.

Rather than belabor the point, here’s the video:

“Some of the SOE’s [spatial operating system] core ideas are already familiar from the film Minority Report, whose characters performed forensic analysis using massive, gesturally driven displays. The similarity is no coincidence: one of Oblong’s founders served as science advisor to Minority Report and based the design of those scenes directly on his earlier work at MIT. Other foundational components are less directly visible but as crucially transformative.”  Pretty crazy.



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