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A Very Specific List of Things That Are Ruining My Google Alerts

I love Google Alerts. They're a great tool for tracking the mention of different things online. I use them less as a way to learn about breaking news and more as a way to discover how people are talking about the future. But there are all kinds of things that are messing them up. Well, messing them up for me » 5/30/14 4:47pm 5/30/14 4:47pm

Does Not Compute: 10 PC Myths from Movies and Television

For over half a century, Hollywood has been making computers do whatever they damn well please. Routinely featured on television and in movies, supercomputers, desktop rigs, and laptops are all too often granted near-magical capabilities. Deceit! Here are the top ten lies Hollywood tells about computers, for your… » 7/15/11 10:00am 7/15/11 10:00am

Panasonic Lifewall Is the All-Knowing Gesture-Controlled TV of the…

If only the ancient Chinese Had Panasonic's LifeWall, they could have fended off nomadic tribes with HDTV instead of bricks and battlements. But since we live in the future, we can shut out the rest of the world with television that not only stretches from floor to ceiling, it follows people around the room.… » 10/02/08 5:00pm 10/02/08 5:00pm

MultiTouch Cell Can Play Tom Cruise as Big as You'd Like

MultiTouch, the company, not the technology, has developed the MultiTouch Cell, a multitouch LCD display that's modular (meaning that many LCDs can assemble to make one big LCD). Beyond expandability, the screens are quite advanced, supporting multiple users and recognizing fingers in relationship to the hand as… » 9/05/08 9:45am 9/05/08 9:45am

Massive Multitouch Hologram is Like Microsoft Surface Without The…

The VisionAire projected multitouch (or more accurately, multiswoosh) hologram is an early, rough iteration of an extremely exciting concept: fully interactive holographic displays. Obscura Digital has adapted their proprietary multitouch software to the Musion Eyeliner hologram projection system, which is most… » 8/04/08 8:30pm 8/04/08 8:30pm

NEC's Minority Report-Style Display Tailors Adverts For You (Verdict:…

It may be tired to bring up Minority Report, but remember the scenes in the movie where our hero gets bothered by interactive targeted advertising wherever he goes? Thanks to dear ol' NEC, this nightmare of advert pestering may really be in our future: its new ad display panel watches its watchers with a camera, then… » 7/22/08 9:45am 7/22/08 9:45am

Microsoft Wearable Mouse Patent Should Be Named "The Surf N' Jerk"

Microsoft continues their quest to bring Minority Report to life with a recently published patent for a wearable mouse from 2006. Now you too can wave your hands around like Tom Cruise—jumping optional—to control the cursor on your computer screen. The mouse is placed around the palm and activated by making a fist.… » 4/17/08 1:13pm 4/17/08 1:13pm

Wiimote Hack Converts TV into Touchless Microsoft Surface

This user interface project allows you to control objects on a display using gestures, working like Microsoft's Surface but without touching the screen at all. Inspired by Johnny Chung Lee's work, the system requires you to wear Minority Report-style gloves equipped with infrared emitters on your fingertips. A… » 1/22/08 9:50am 1/22/08 9:50am

Orange Shows Off Gesture Based Interaction Screen, Touch Screens Look…

Orange has unveiled a gesture based interaction screen that has been produced by a UK agency on their behalf. The agency, known as The Alternative, said it was the first time such a display had been on show to the general public. The purpose of the technology is mainly as an advertising opportunity for Orange, but… » 1/19/08 10:10am 1/19/08 10:10am