Minority Report Screen at ORD

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If you're passing through terminal 3 at Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD), take a look the Accenture Interactive Network screen, a 10x7-foot monster that reminds us of Tom Cruise's computer symphony in Minority Report. The touchscreen tech lets you move windows around with your hands, giving you access to the latest weather, news, and video clips.

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Accenture plans to expand the idea to other venues beyond airports, too, delivering info, entertainment, and of course, advertising. No word on whether the displays will be shouting out personalized ads at you, pleading with you to try on some khakis at the Gap.

Accenture Gets Inspiration From 'Minority Report' [Advertising Age]

DISCUSSION

bryanmccormick-old
bryanmccormick

OK, I'm probably an idiot, but Apple is applying for a patent for multi-touch how? Sure seems like the world already has plenty of prior art in it. Ignore me because I am a patent hater, especially when patents are granted on other people's ideas that have been around for forever. And yes, on the idea of touching these multi-touches, recall that in MR there was an interface worn on the hands to get around the gooey mess problem brought about by actually having to touch the touchscreen.