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Following the feature on graphic user interfaces (GUIs) for passenger IFE in our November issue – read it here – we look toward Hollywood as a source of inspiration for the future. Ideas such as gesture control already exist in consumer entertainment, and are being developed for airline use also (see here), reminiscent of the interface used in Minority Report.



Left: Factorydesign's vision of a GUI that allows pasengers to personalise their onboard experience, whether they want quiet time or playtime. See the 'cool' feature in our September issue for more detail.


From the touchscreen technologies integrated into smart phones and tablets, to the display interface solutions we see in Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar, the technology is more a part of our lives than we are all aware. Little did we know that such technology would one day be accessible to all. When we marvelled over the technologies we saw in The Matrix years ago, the concept of controlling and moving 3D objects on walls of glass seemed ridiculous and far-fetched. But more and more, Hollywood is bringing the future into the present, providing us with blockbuster movies that implement display interface technologies as everyday gadgets. Each movie is a sneak peek of what we could get our hands on a few years later and experts are hard at work finding ways to bring these technologies into the mainstream. With a little help from GUI specialist AndersDX, here are some ideas from the movies that you might find onboard sooner than you think.


Minority Report
Minority Report involved Tom Cruise working in a futuristic police department where three psychics could foresee murders before they happen, allowing the police to catch killers before they commit their crimes. The technology used in the film saw Cruise touching, grabbing and shifting images and screens around a glass wall display. This was very cool in 2002; and now very much a reality in 2012.


Iron Man 2
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, flying around the sky and carrying around a small glass tablet as a mini computer. The concept is the same as the glass interactive screens seen in Minority report, just on a smaller, hand-sized scale.



Total Recall
The new Total Recall implements similar touchscreen technologies, with lots of new and interesting concepts. Changeable computerised faces comes to mind.






Mission Impossible 4
The recent Mission Impossible is another blockbuster with lots of touchscreen uses similar to previous Tom Cruise roles.







The Matrix Reloaded
One of the first movies to blow our minds with incredible technologies and concepts. Touchscreens galore, voice controls, main frames, robots, spaceships, etc.






The Avengers Assemble
A recent blockbuster with glass screen input technologies similar to what you can find DJs spinning on in high-tech clubs and restaurants today.







One of the biggest blockbusters to come out of Hollywood, grossing over US$2 billion, Avatar utilised touchscreen and gesture technologies throughout to portray the cream of user interface technology.








Quantum of Solace
James Bond wouldn’t be anywhere without his gadgets, so it was only right that the secret service turned their meeting room table into a touchscreen computer. See here for an example of the multi-touch table used in the movie.





In the usual sci-fi style, Prometheus saw technologies implemented within robots, spaceships and even alien architecture.










The Hunger Games
Always getting bigger and better every year, the 2012 Hunger Games took futuristic technology to another level with an entire terrain connected and controlled by a main computer. Gesture and touchscreen technologies were promoted heavily with 3D projections akin to Avatar.

Although a number of the technologies we have witnessed in Hollywood’s interpretations of the future are incredibly far-fetched, the majority are in fact utilised in businesses and companies throughout the world. Below is a collection of videos displaying input technologies across a variety of mediums. Yet the possibilities for usage are seemingly endless, with events, retailers and brands being encouraged to employ the devices. Imagine a check-in area, lounge, or onboard bar featuring touchscreen walls, interactive flooring, touch screen menus, bar tops, music -controlled imagery or glass DJ decks.


28 November 2012


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