Here's the Iron Man UI Elon Musk Wants to Use to Design Rockets

Not too long ago, real-life Tony Stark Elon Musk was talking on Twitter about wanting to design rocket parts using something awfully like the 3D hologram interface we've seen in Iron Man. Well here it is—complete with Leap Motion. It's not quite there, but it's still freakin' awesome.


When the Leap Motion first came out, we were wowed by how well it works, but a little let down by the fact that, well, there's not much to do with it. There still might not be much to do with it for you and me, but leave it to Spaceman McFuture to put it through its paces and tease out a little bit of that unique potential. Of course, he isn't quite the first to come up with these ideas. But he brought rockets.

We're not quite at free-floating manipulatable hologram territory yet, but that's just a technicality at this point. The future is knocking; it's here with those hologram-designed, 3d-printed rocket parts you ordered.

Update: God damn, these sure are some words!



Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

The real leap (so to speak) will be when we're able to, uh, actually model things. All we're seeing here is panning, rotating, and zooming around an existing model. Which has been done plenty of times with other Leap Motion apps.

I'll be psyched when there's a way to actually manipulate volumes using gestures—though I'm not sure that's really the ideal use case of LM. But that's certainly the way Musk is selling it.