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Obscura Digital Demos "Minority Report"-Like Display

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the grabbing-holograms dept.

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Barence and other readers sent along word of a demonstration by Obscura Digital of a new technology it's dubbed a multi-touch hologram — reminiscent of the display in Minority Report. The demonstration shows a man interacting with holographic images projected before him, moving them around and resizing them. It's only sort of like the Minority Report display, which used hand movements to control elements on a screen. Earlier, Obscura had demoed another take on the Spielbergian technology, a multi-touch wall.

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ok, I want one (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483255)

now please. That's one of the best displays that I've ever seen in any sci-fi movie. Even if it was just special effects, it had me drooling. That and the electric citroen DS from gattaca.

Re:ok, I want one (4, Insightful)

Carthag (643047) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483391)

And then you'll get sick of having arms that feel like wood. Mouse-elbow would be nothing compared to this thing.

Re:ok, I want one (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483427)

good point! I've recently started riding a recumbent bicycle and that's a pretty good description of what's happening to my feet. It took me a while to make the link, apparently suspending your limbs for longer periods in a horizontal position is *not* a good idea.

Re:ok, I want one (2, Funny)

berwiki (989827) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484577)

either that, or we'll all have bulging ripped giant shoulders.

Re:ok, I want one (1)

Bat Country (829565) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487225)

Maybe then the world will listen to nerds.

Re:ok, I want one (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24487683)

Clearly /.ers are well-informed on building muscle.

Re:ok, I want one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24485407)

What about the mouse and the keyboard, do you think they are a good idea?

I'm pretty sure that they would look like 'tiring movements' at the time they were introduced.

I think that the demonstrated display handles big images for demonstration purposes.

I like it very much, seems to be the evolution of touch screens.

Re:ok, I want one (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486821)

Not really. A mouse and keyboard, the only weight you have to keep suspended is your hand. And even then, only barely so. Try holding your arms out without any weight in them for long periods of time. More than 10 minutes, even if you move them around. Just keep them up in the working position for this thing.

Re:ok, I want one (3, Insightful)

kylemonger (686302) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487153)

Yah, but in Minority Report at least, the guy using it didn't sit around all day in front of the display. He waved his arms for a while then he went running out to a helicopter, rappelled out of a helicopter, kicked in doors, and laid implacable hands upon potential murderers. In other words the exercise he did in front of the screen was just an extension of the active lifestyle he already had. In that context, having a more active mode of interaction with a computer makes sense and might even be more appealing to SWAT/commando types who enjoy physical activity.

Re:ok, I want one (1)

AP31R0N (723649) | more than 6 years ago | (#24485795)

Indeed. While i thought the effect was pretty in the movie, i knew from elementary school that waving my arms in circles is tiresome. There's also the virtual file cabinet from the movie Disclosure. Where Michael Douglas pulls open virtual drawers and rifles through the virtual folders. Neat to watch in a movie... terrible idea. Such a system would be no more efficient than the real thing. Technology should make things easier, not duplicate things we already (dislike) do. Computers should make file clerks obsolete, not turn everyone into a file clerk.

Re:ok, I want one (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486295)

And then you'll get sick of having arms that feel like wood. Mouse-elbow would be nothing compared to this thing.

Exercise never hurt anyone.

In fact... I think most of Slashdot could use a bit more.

Re:ok, I want one (1)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487205)

Hmm... so having extremities standing out horizontally makes them feel like wood...

I have something that feels like wood right now!

Re:ok, I want one (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487507)

Not to mention the fact that you look like a complete plank operating one too...

Oh, and the obligatory: think of the pron!

Re:ok, I want one (1)

VagaStorm (691999) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484249)

Oh my!! I can think of alot of stuff I whant to do wit that, and I'll start with my lightsaber dueal simulator :p

Cool, but... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483267)

Somehow, doesn't seem as efficient as alt-tabbing.

Re:Cool, but... (4, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483835)

alt-tabbing

My brain initially interpreted that as "air-tabbing" and I pictured legions of nerds engaged in some kind of fierce air-keyboarding competition.

Re:Cool, but... (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487385)

Or worse; "air tapping"... can you imagine all those nerds clicking with their metal-heeled shoes?

One step closer to my holographic dream (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483269)

Someday, when holograms are commonplace, I will drive down the street, and instead of seeing my car, you will see a giant snake breathing fire on everything around me.

I applaud every bit of research and technology advancements that bring me closer to that future.

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483497)

Read Rainbow's End...I forget the other....

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (2, Funny)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483517)

Someday, when holograms are commonplace, I will drive down the street, and instead of seeing my car, you will see a giant snake breathing fire on everything around me.

A snake? Pfft, give me my damn holographic shark that bites by-passers. You've got 7 years.

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (1)

Lazyrust (1101059) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483737)

A snake? Pfft, give me my damn holographic shark that bites by-passers. You've got 7 years.

A shark with a fricken laser beam.

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486651)

I want Jerry Ryan in a holodeck damn it.. ;)

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (2, Funny)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483635)

And then the snake turn into a giant holographic gecko in your passenger seat, will turn to you and will say......
"You're paying too much for car insurance".

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (5, Funny)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483845)

But not in our dreams. No sir.

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (3, Insightful)

Emb3rz (1210286) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484283)

+1 Futurama Reference

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (2, Funny)

alx5000 (896642) | more than 6 years ago | (#24488381)

+1 Modpoints for explaining joke

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484159)

Someday, when holograms are commonplace, I will drive down the street, and instead of seeing my car, you will see a giant snake breathing fire on everything around me.

How likely is that? Once we have holographic projectors for cars, all the kids are going to default to screaming, angry penises. "Hey, that dick just cut me off!"

Re:One step closer to my holographic dream (1)

jslarve (1193417) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484291)

Did you see the lady in the red dress?

Innovative (4, Funny)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483323)

Yeah, but can we lay it down on say, a table? [microsoft.com]

Re:Innovative (4, Insightful)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484097)

You're starting to show your age... or just being an ass, the Surface is a good idea with our current technology, and will remain for quite a few years yet even if holographic stuff became popular/accessible because it doesnt interfere (think about schools and offices).

But, this is entirely different from the Surface, and I don't really mean just tech-wise, think about "there is no spoon", its almost a spiritual tool, the (possible) freedom is almost limitless in what you can do, almost as good as having your brain directly linked into the computer.

Having said that and probably some already stopped reading, depending on how (or when) portable it is, this could be a major problem, especially in the beginning with people walking around terrorizing young and/or old people, or causing traffic accidents etc "I swear Officer, there was a car there!".

There could also be problems with subliminal things, although it could be argued that its possible (and in some cases does happen) with current technology, it would be much easier and far less noticeable to embed slight alterations, and hidden messages into the the hologram/projection, I'm thinking about this in the context of later on when there might be people who have it on permanently (think of Strange Days [imdb.com] ).

However, as much as I am fond of Trains, Gas Guzlers, CRT's and Physical arts, I for one welcome our new holographic overlords.

Re:Innovative (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24487325)

Such a long, detailed and unnecessary response to a really pithy one-liner.

Re:Innovative (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24487845)

All this in response to a joke, must suck to be you.

Oh, and whatever surface does i've seen it donw on the iphone first.

This could double (5, Funny)

al0ha (1262684) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483337)

as a form of Geek exercise. Lift that window, scroll that window, spin it, spin it, expand then contract...

A few technical steps away from "Minority Report" (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483357)

The researchers did state that their tech would need to be scaled up before it could work with straight actors.

Re:A few technical steps away from "Minority Repor (1)

Ron_Fitzgerald (1101005) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483479)

Aww come on! That was pretty funny.

Sometimes it just doesn't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483367)

I, for one, welcome our new "Minority Report"-like display overlords.

Re:Sometimes it just doesn't work (1)

rugatero (1292060) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483529)

The /. lameness filter could use a little tweaking.

Sounds great and all, but.. (1)

c0ck_l0rge (1121281) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483375)

How can pr0n be enhanced from this technology?

Re:Sounds great and all, but.. (2, Funny)

Ron_Fitzgerald (1101005) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483495)

How can porn be enhanced with a technology that requires you to move your hands and arms wildly?

Hmm....

The Problem (4, Insightful)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483389)

The problem with this is that your arm gets tired! The Nintendo Powerglove [youtube.com] from the 80's had this problem. A more natural interface would occasionally let you use your hands for rapid-fire intensive input or precision adjustments, but would follow your eyes and verbal instructions.

Re:The Problem (1)

Ron_Fitzgerald (1101005) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483531)

I thought that before I bought the Wii. I purchased Resident Evil 4 and was surprised how it didn't. I would stand up in front of my wall mounted tv and use both controllers for hours on end and not get tired. It is possible that it just requires conditioning.

Powerglove != Wii (4, Insightful)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483773)

Using the Powerglove is not like using a Wii. Try making a fist and waving it back and forth and up and down in front of you with the back of your hand level. Try this for hours. Eventually, you wind up trying to rest your elbow on something. With the Wii, you usually make specific gestures, after which you are free to go back to a more restful position. It's more like holding a sword/racquet/frying pan. The Powerglove is more like using a giant-sized air-joystick. There is no chance for resting. The Wii is much more "natural."

If the interface in the article allows you to make momentary gestures, then it won't be tiring. If your hands are way out in front of you for hours, it will be a drag.

Re:The Problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483681)

I can imagine you not getting tired by resizing those images with your eyeballs movement...

Oh come ON! (1)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483903)

You don't resize with your eyeballs, NOW. You're looking over someone's shoulder saying "okay, make it just a bit bigger. Okay just a smidge too big. Okay split the difference." Then you get frustrated and "grab the mouse" and do it yourself, which is when you'd do the hand gesture thing.

Re:The Problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24485125)

If I recall correctly, I thought the powerglove had the problem of being absolute crap and not being able to read gestures correctly, resulting in arm fatigue.

Re:The Problem (1)

fragbait (209346) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486943)

I welcome our new simian overlords? Not simbian, you pervs. I can see the evolution picture now....apes to man to apes again (or at least the hunched big arm posture because of the screens, assuming proliferation in the future).

(I like parenthesis) or "quotes".

-fragbait

pr0n would never be the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483393)

tactile touch, scratch-n-sniff...whats next?

Ever read the novelization of The Dig? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483395)

The Cocytans called...they want their planetarium back.

Meh.. (4, Interesting)

Splab (574204) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483445)

Well first of all, it's shot from one angle, saw another movie like this where some random blogger (also the case here it seems) thinks its "holographic" when it is in fact a projector shooting on clear plastic.

Also it looks to me that he interacts with the system through sensors in each hand, clicking them when he wants to "grab" something - and they are poorly calibrated, quite a lot of the time the system clearly isn't responding the way he wants it to.

Re:Meh.. (1)

Sylver Dragon (445237) | more than 6 years ago | (#24485313)

Ya, thought about the same. When I read 'holographic' my BS detector started making noise. Watching the video, the needle just moved further towards the 'is BS' side. Maybe its the way the technology works and/or gets recorded, but the perspective just seems wrong.

And the hand positions just seem unnatural. He has his hands curled around something the entire time. Granted, some sort of pointing device isn't bad, and real buttons can be nice in that the system really knows when you pushed it and doesn't have to guess based on hand position.

In all, this seems like a nice video of vapor-ware, with nothing substantive to back it up.

Re:Meh.. (1)

Syberz (1170343) | more than 6 years ago | (#24485493)

Meh indeed...

I can do all of that now with a projector, a clear screen and a Wii.

Just have one sensor in each hand (wiimote+nunchuk) and project on a transparent screen in front of you. How is this "new" technology exactly?

Re:Meh.. (1)

Splab (574204) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486015)

Well not exactly, you are bound to end up with a better result than the guy in the movie.

Re:Meh.. (1)

Bat Country (829565) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487319)

They put it together.

The automobile is just wheels, an engine driven by expanding gases, and some seats bolted to a chassis.

I think you'd hardly argue that the concept of an automobile wasn't new when they first sold one.

Re:Meh.. (1)

Bat Country (829565) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487365)

Note that it took somebody around 1800 years to put the three together without requiring some sort of guide system.

photo collection app... (2, Insightful)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483481)

Boring.
Hasn't anyone figured out a more interesting application of this "multi-touch" input form?

Re:photo collection app... (2, Funny)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483613)

Boring. Hasn't anyone figured out a more interesting application of this "multi-touch" input form?

Multi-touch.. interesting... mmmh.. is it okay if it involves the Olsen twins? :-S

Re:photo collection app... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483813)

Olsen twins? Have you seen them lately? So much surgery they look like they could have given the Tim Burton Joker a run for his money when it comes to freakish lips.

Re:photo collection app... (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484821)

Yeah, those poor things are best remembered as they were... not as what Hollywood has mutated them into.

Re:photo collection app... (1)

TheStonepedo (885845) | more than 6 years ago | (#24485253)

If moving, rotating, and resizing photos is your primary responsibility this technology may be useful. It is still just an extension of "touch" interfaces. I love new technology but I'd take a numerical keypad any day over a touch screen to enter my PIN at an ATM; old, reliable tech is more dependable in real-world applications than new, interesting tech.

Why Slashdot can be so depressing (0, Troll)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483501)

Here we have a report about a cool new technology - yet the Slashdot summary is more concerned with how it compares to pretend tech from sci-fi movies. Pretty much de rigeur for Slashdot I guess.

Um, (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483535)

So how exactly does this work? I'd hate to find out that it is just a hyped camera trick that looks awful from any other angle.

Fake? (3, Informative)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483585)

From the blog comments [blogspot.com] :

This guy is not controlling anything with his hands. It's a pre-recorded sequence and he is "hand-syncing". Look closely.

Still, I'd like to know what technology they used to create the holograms... *IF* indeed they're real.

Re:Fake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483735)

No wonder he was so serious during the entire video.

Re:Fake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483879)

You two should've kept reading. The author goes on to say that it is not pre-recorded- there's just a small amount of lag present.

Re:Fake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24484065)

They're using the "Musion Eyeliner" system to display the hologram, as TFA states. A bit of wading through Musion's website reveals that the image is projected onto a transparent foil hung in front of the stage.

Re:Fake? (1)

ShooterNeo (555040) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484869)

Musion is not a true hologram. The images are actually 2-dimensional, but an optical illusion makes the 2d image appear to be located in front of the display. It's basically fake. There are technologies in the works to create a true hologram, that has actual depth and appears different from different viewing angles, but this is incredibly performance intensive and expensive.

Re:Fake? (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487083)

There are technologies in the works to create a true hologram, that has actual depth and appears different from different viewing angles, but this is incredibly performance intensive and expensive.

Link please? :D

Will never sell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483629)

Too inefficient for porn.

Get Off My Lawn! (2, Interesting)

RManning (544016) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483655)

I'll keep my CLI, thank you very much!

Re:Get Off My Lawn! (1)

Bearpaw (13080) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483859)

You use a Command Line Interface? Hmph. I'll stick with my punch cards.

I mean, sure, it makes posting to Slashdot kinda tricky, but [dogt-82-4yh2ht08y]0h]ef[p {A;

Obligatory... (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483757)

Imagine the ungodly interactive porn!

Re:Obligatory... (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483941)

Exactly, who says you have to wave your *arms* around.

ok.. (5, Insightful)

peachstealingmonkeys (1268936) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483797)

why is it that every single demo of these multi-touch technologies involve moving/rotating/resizing f-ing pictures or photographs? What am I, a private eye looking for f-ing clues? For christ's sake, show me some some practical applications, gawdammit..

Re:ok.. (1)

arotenbe (1203922) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484301)

For christ's sake, learn to f-ing swear, gawdammit.

More than that. (1)

shmlco (594907) | more than 6 years ago | (#24485021)

More than that, have you noticed that the primary organizational concept used for all of these "advanced" systems is the pile?

If all I wanted to do was move things from one pile to another I'd ditch the computer and go back to the piles of paper on my desk.

Re:ok.. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24485667)

This is primarily because f-ing moving/resizing/rotating actions are f-ing fundamentals of the f-ing way f-ing interfaces are currently f-ing designed. Now, for f's sake, you f-ing can't expect them to have f-ing developed f-ing applications for what is currently a f-ing theoretical method of f-ing input. This is f-ing new, after all, and no f-ing designers or f-ing coders have had a f-ing chance to work their normal f-ing magic with it yet.

However, with f-ing simple examples like these, the f-ing non-research public can get a f-ing glimpse at what this f-ing interface can do, using f-ing actions they can f-ing relate to. As this f-ing technology gets developed more, of course, we'll see more f-ing "futuristic" approaches to the f-ing problem of user interface. But that's a long f-ing way off at the moment.

Certainly, you probably don't f-ing need to move/rotate/resize your f-ing pictures, and most definitely not in this crazy f-ing manner, but this f-ing shows that somebody's on the right f-ing track.

Re:ok.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24487011)

I'm a photographer, you insensitive clod!

Holographic not! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483809)

Its just projection, nothing to do with holographic!

Presenter probly can't see the holograms directly (1)

genner (694963) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483865)

If they're using the setup I think they are the guy giving the presentation can't see the holograms from his angle. He's most likely looking at a tv pointed at him, Making this cool but mostly useless.

Re:Presenter probly can't see the holograms direct (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484049)

Indeed. I've seen holograms in tech museums, but they're only viewable from one angle. And worse, they're always BEHIND the glass with the imprinted interference patterns.

I've yet to see a hologram that can be displayed in any point in space (and could be viewed from nearly all angles) with just one or two projectors. THAT would merit a Nobel Prize.

Johnny (3, Interesting)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483883)

All this is a lot like what Johnny [cmu.edu] did with the Wii-mote. He effectively turned the Wii (aka OLD technology by this point) into a tracker so he could manipulate items. He even used a screen to make images appear 3-D. In fact, his system is a lot more like Minority Report because, iirc, Cruise was touching a kind of screen, moving pictures and images across it, not hanging in mid-air.

Minority Report (1, Redundant)

jgrahn (181062) | more than 6 years ago | (#24483917)

This had me confused for a while, since I haven't seen the Tom Cruise movie. I can recall no such thing from the 1949 short story by Theodore Sturgeon [wikipedia.org] , or from the 1959 PKD short story [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Minority Report (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24486101)

You're so clever aren't you.

Re:Minority Report (1)

ChienAndalu (1293930) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486539)

You can watch the movie. As a PKD fan I can assure you that it's one of the better adaptations.

Re:Minority Report (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486779)

Join us. Summer blockbuster movies are the literary allusions of tomorrow.

Irony (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24483943)

It's ironic you must admit, that the demo shows us a bright future where we need to dance like monkeys in front of huge screens in order to do what? view a couple of photos.

A task I can currently do with a mouse scroll wheel and rolling over a thumbnail in any pedestrian photo viewer program.

Realistically... (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 6 years ago | (#24484029)

Realistically speaking: in what areas of use, is it handy to wave your arms around to view translucent photographs, or interact with other kinds of translucent 2D images in front of you that way? Other than a novelty, can it break through? The mouse was a great invention, even though it looks very boring to have a pointer on a screen, it was something extremely useful. But standing and moving your arms around surely isn't something you can keep doing for a long time? Still cool to see though! Maybe for original demos in an interactive museum?

Re:Realistically... (1)

The Dancing Panda (1321121) | more than 6 years ago | (#24485027)

Designing an Iron Man suit. Though that was 3D.

overhyped (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24484087)

Multitouch is so overhyped. Give me a break...you expect me to be impressed by the fact that you can use your fingers to move icons around? Ooooo...so much better than my mouse. How about the fact that they keep displaying the same expand/shrink image over and over AND OVER again. Give me a break, if the best multitouch can offer is getting me extremely tired using my arms to move icons around and zooming in/out of images.... yeah.

That doesn't even look like holographic; looks like a projector is projecting onto a clear plastic screen in front of him and some motion tracking camera is following his hands. None of this is revolutionary...or useful in its current implementation. Multitouch is even less useful to the average person than those silly overhyped convertible notebooks.

Holograms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24484271)

I'm not able to tell exactly, but this is probably one of the projection 'holograms' that hollywood has been using lately.
I can't think of many specifics, but at some awards show the band "Gorillas" and Madonna did a live stage performance with the band's digital likenesses on stage with her. It looked really good.
Basically the idea is a semi-transparent screen at a 45degree angle to the crowd, in front of the stage, and projectors that point upwards from the orchestra pit as well as the back of the stage. Sitting in the crowd you can't see the screen if the room is lit properly, but the dual projectors allow the illusion of a 3-d hologram. Combine with an actor on stage who knows where the CG images are supposed to appear, and it looks almost seamless.

Not Holograms, but still kinda neat.

Oh, and why did this reference the 'Minority Report'? This is hardly the first movie to showcase such input technology, and certainly not the best example.

Re:Holograms? (1)

TheLoneGundam (615596) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486917)

Gorillaz with a 'z'. Grammy Awards, 2005 I think. The way it was staged, I'm not sure where the 'foil' was, since Madonna walked in front of one animated character and behind another (or perhaps I was looking at her legs or something and was fooled). As others have stated, not holographic but still interesting. Musion's site has videos of several interesting examples [eyeliner3d.com] .

Re:Holograms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24487635)

You were fooled, but not the way you think. The first segment of Madonna's performance was a virtual character, just like the Gorillaz.

No Privacy! (1)

Chessucat (143856) | more than 6 years ago | (#24485271)

I saw a commercial with a girl using a holographic display and I realised that there is no privacy in it, unless she uses Public Key encryptions built in to her special glasses so only she can see the display unencrypted.

Re:No Privacy! (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487175)

Remember the fad of consumer-level push-to-talk features on cell phones? That feature where you could have a conversation effectively as if you were on speakerphone, anywhere you wanted to go? And the people who were (or still are) eagerly willing to do just that, blaring both sides of their conversations to anyone else within earshot?

I have this sad feeling gimmickiness will win out over privacy in the hearts and minds of people with far more money to burn than you or I.

The technology (1)

psiberia (1319911) | more than 6 years ago | (#24486157)

This technology isn't new...

The film and video game industry have been using it forever, notice he is wearing black (in the video) and has a spotlight on him (whitening his skin). It's using the same motion capture software.

Looking at their site also shows the specialize in projection technology. Meaning there is likely a fine mesh in front of him for the projection to land upon. That doesn't seem very advanced to me.

Everyone sees gesture applications and thinks... oh thats innovative...

Predates Minority Report (2, Insightful)

Forthan Red (820542) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487493)

Of course, we saw this 5 years before "Minority Report", in the alien ship pilot interface on "Earth: Final Conflict".

Although that show had its problems, especially after the 1st year, they got a lot of tech right. Mobile phone video with flexible e-paper type displays, etc.

Utterly Lame and Useless (1)

gilgongo (57446) | more than 6 years ago | (#24487871)

Will the public ever tire of this kind of crap? I'm willing to sit with the next guy and admire some cool-looking input/manipulation device just like I'm willing to flick though the National Enquirer for laffs, but there IS a limit.

Do they think this is impressive? Do they think it has an actual use? I suppose they do, but right here, right now: this. is. shit.

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