Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Minority Report (Movie)
by Steven Spielberg

The movie Minority Report is based on Philip K. Dick's short story of the same name (read more about Minority Report by PKD). This excellent 2002 film stars Tom Cruse as John Anderton, the man falsely accused of future murder by the Precrime unit. Fantastic special effects really make this film a science fiction classic along with good performances (Max von Sydow is particularly good); this is a very enjoyable and remarkable film. Reportedly, many of the sfnal ideas derived from a 2-day discussion involving people from MIT's Media Lab and others.

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Sprint RFID Loyalty Card Triggers Minority Report-Style Ads
   Sprint has developed two RFID applications based on customer loyalty cards that can identify a customer as he or she walks through a store, triggering the appearance of a customized computer avatar on a nearby screen.

Minority Report-Style 'Discovery Informatics' At Purdue University
   Purdue University researchers are developing a Minority Report-style environment with high-performance computers and artificial intelligence software. The new 'data CAVE' takes a new approach to data-mining.

Minority Report Glove Interface From Raytheon
   Defence contractor Raytheon is working on a computer interface taken from the movie Minority Report, which starred Tom Cruise.

India Opts For Nationwide Iris Scanning
   'The road you're on, John Anderton, is the one less traveled...'- Steven Spielberg, 2002.

Pioneer 3D Hand Waving Interface
   Here's a way to draw pictures in the air - on your PC.

French Billboards Call Your Cellphone
   Now, didn't I see a movie in which the billboards and store windows tried to speak to you personally?

BluScreen Minority Report Ads
   Minority Report-style ads are back again; we may not be able to avoid this one.

iPhone Multi-Touch Screen's Big Brother(s)
   If you think Steve Jobs is a good salesman, watch Jeff Han.

Covert Iris Scanner Close To Minority Report Future
   Don't take your privacy for granted, Mr. Anderton. They've got public iris scanning now.

SuiPo Posters Call Your Cellphone
   New way for otherwise inanimate objects to get to you.

Big Brother Wants To Sell You Something
   I guess it's less sinister when malls surveil you to see how rich you are, but it's still kind of 1984-ish.

Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall Gives CNN Magic
   I'd like to see multiple CNN news personalities using this device at the same time - fighting over screen real estate.

Smart Paint: Electronic Power System Surfaces
   Ah, remember those days when the label on a plastic bottle or similar surface was static? Soon, companies will be able to change it even after you buy the product.

Should Website Advertisers Know Your Name?
   John Anderton! Your future ads are ready for you now, John Anderton. We do all this for you, John Anderton!

Where's My Hand Waving Gesture Recognition Interface?
   The time is past for mere wishful drooling over movie-style gesture recognition interfaces. I want my hand waving interface. Now.

MAST Spider Robots Like Minority Report
   Here we have yet another instance in which a government contractor might as well have just used the movie as the spec.

Billboard Camera Pictures You Watching
   The best part is, the guy in the picture shows you where to spray-paint yourself some reasonable privacy.

Minority Report Iris Scanners Ordered By US Army
   Mr. Anderton! A new future awaits you, thanks to the new iris scanning technology that will let the military take your iris scan anytime, without your knowledge.

G-Speak Compared To Minority Report Gesture Interface
   This software platform looks a lot like the one in the movie, and there is a good reason for that.

Minority Report Ads Watching You Always
   Those Minority Report ads that looked stylish in 2002 are starting to look a bit more intrusive now.

Interactive Digital Billboards Controlled By Phones
   I had some thoughts about this variation on the Minority Report-style billboard that takes your info whether you want to share or not. With video.

Yahoo Japan's Minority Report Billboards
   Do you really want to walk past a screen, and then find out what a corporate face recognition algorithm thinks you are - young or old, rich or poor, male or female?

Amazon Kindle DX XL E-Reader
   Amazon finally unveils its new, large screen version of an e-reader.

AcceleGlove Open-Source Data Glove
   This device was developed at great expense by your government, and now you can have one at a very reasonable price; developers use Java to program it.

'Minority Report' Castrol Ads On Britain's Digital Billboards
   John Anderton! We see your car now, too. Britain's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency sells their database as well as their car monitoring network to advertisers.

LG Display Flexible Newspaper-Sized E-Paper
   Very impressive prototype display makes a fictional technology a reality.

SmartIris IDs People In Crowds
   Surveillance of public spaces just got easier, thanks to this DARPA program.

Real-Life Minority Report Interface Presentation Video
   Amazing implementation of the display from the Spielberg movie; not surprisingly, he also helped on the creation of the movie.

NEC Billboard Minority Report-Style
   John Anderton - I'm a billboard, and I can guess your gender, age and ethnicity while you walk by, and show you an appropriate ad.

Kinect Hack Yields 'Minority Report' Interface
   Very convincing video shows the potential of this 'toy' - somebody should whisper in Steve Ballmer's ear about this one.

Gestures Control Spider Robot Army
   'What do you think - four spiders, one per floor?' As seen in Minority Report, the movie.

Mr. Anderton, Beware This Long-Range Iris Scanner
   Try keeping your eyes shut, Mr. Anderton.

CRAM Cockroach Robots Flatten On Demand
   Yes, I think they're very graceful.

New Train Station Offers Minority Report-Style Signs
   A whole new world awaits you, John Anderton!

Wist Labs Makes Minority Report Family Videos Come True
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