I have to geek out a little. I finally saw The Avengers over the weekend. I was not disappointed. Even if you’re not into comics you should see it. Its fun and action packed. I, however, love comics and couldn’t have been happier. One thing that really impressed me is the level of “make-believe” […]
I have to geek out a little. I finally saw The Avengers over the weekend. I was not disappointed. Even if you’re not into comics you should see it. Its fun and action packed. I, however, love comics and couldn’t have been happier.
One thing that really impressed me is the level of “make-believe” movie technology. Specifically the computer screens and how the characters interacted with them. It’s not a necessarily new concept. We’ve seen this imagined technology for many years. In several Sci-Fi movies and even in television shows (CSI, NCIS). Indeed, even more primitive examples can be seen in old Star Trek episodes. (Where do you think the flip phone came from?) I believe the movie Minority Report was one of the first to show in depth interaction with transparent touch screens.
This technology is not so make-believe as some might think. In fact some of you may have been seeing teasers for years now. I can remember seeing info on the Samsung SUR40 Surface Table http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXFhu2zuYaY&feature=relmfu and being in total awe. Keep in mind, I am not current on hand held tech. I don’t even have an Iphone (unbelievable, right?) At the time, I didn’t even have texting capabilities. The Surface Table is now available. It’s not necessarily accessible to the common middle class individual like me. But it’s out there, being used in commercial applications.
Then there is the Samsung “Smart Window”. http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/samsung-reinvents-the-window-using-a-transparent-touchscreen-display-20120116/ I have been seeing hints of this over the past six months. I may have been late in seeing this, but it was not without the expected amount of amazement. It is a transparent touch screen with what seems like endless possibilities. I have heard talk of using the technology on anything from the fronts of refrigerators to car windows.
I hope to live vicariously through a prospective client. Perhaps someone out there dreams of developing a space of tomorrow. The future is almost upon us.