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. In the film, Cruise stands before a transparent screen, and uses hand movements to call up information, manipulate it or erase it. The film is based on Philip K. Dick's remarkable 1956 short story of the same name; in the story, the Precrime analytical wing stands by to interpret the fevered words of the three precogs (from "precognitive") who see into the future.
(Tom Cruise looks for clues in Minority Report)
In bringing this movie special effect to the real world of military intelligence interpretation, Raytheon has gone so far as to employ John Underkoffler, a researcher who originally proposed the idea to the makers of the film. He has developed interfaces at MIT, and currently works as a science and technology consultant for Treadle and Loam Provisioners in California.
(From Raytheon Minority Report-Style Glove Interface)
The Raytheon system uses reflective gloves; a camera keeps track of hand movements, feeding images to a computer that interprets gestures. "Your hand becomes a Swiss Army knife," says Underkoffler. The intent is to use the technology as a way to sort through large amounts of satellite imagery and intelligence data.
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