Updated 21 May, 2013, 3:43 pm IST
Movie technology we’d love to see for real
| by Karan Shah
Holographic touch screen
Whoever has seen Tom Cruise in Minority Report will know what we’re talking about out here. Holographic touchscreens feature high on our wish list as they’re not only cool, but further bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual world. Finally you can touch and feel objects and manoeuvre them using your hands. Imagine a holographic touchscreen display on your smartphone, tablet, table, TV or anywhere. We’ve got numerous displays around us, the only thing now left is to make them holographic and touch enabled!
With Microsoft’s Holodeck and Intels touchscreen display, this will soon be a part of our everyday lives. We’re pretty sure holographic touch screen displays are only a matter of time. And when you do encounter them in the near future, remember, you heard it here first!
AR Windscreen HUD
While it may not be the safest thing to have a display on your windscreen (for obvious reasons), there are a lot of reasons how an assisted system would help. Let us explain. Foggy conditions ahead? The sides of the road light up on your screen in augmented reality awesomeness. Road sign not visible? Assisted GPS required? Want to know your vehicle speed? With an augmented reality display on your windscreen, you will no longer have to get your eyes off the screen. And when not required, a simple button will make it disappear. Yes, it’s that easy.
That may be a bit too much, maybe
Also, what’s important to note is that the technology has been in experimentation for quite a while. Top car manufacturers in the world including GM, Mercedes Benz and BMW have already been testing HUDs on their windscreen. The only question remains is that how long will it be before it gets commercialized?
Never take your eyes off the road now
G.I. Joe Exo suit
G.I. Joes became extremely popular in the ‘90s for their distinct characters and vast arsenal of arms, ammunition and machines. In their last movie, we did see the full utilization of the GiJoe Exo suits and boy, were we impressed. The Exo suit wraps itself to the user’s body and gives him a performance, speed and power boost. More agility, precision, indestructibility is just the start.
The suit has its own heads up display which looks cooler than any project by Google on AR displays (Read: Project Glasses), but the only difference is that the Exo suit is far from reality, at the moment. In the movie, they evade bullets, fly momentarily and have an amazing level of flexibility – much like all your favourite super heroes bundled up into one suit – what more could one ask for! All that is required is that somebody brings it into existence and we will happily trod on our way to human and world domination. Go Joe!
Superhuman abilities with the Exo suit
Well, that was our wish list for now. Replicators, Teleportation, Fountain of Youth, Flying Cars, Free Energy, Hydrogen fuel technology, Hotels on the moon, what technology would you like to see in the near future? Let us know your thoughts, ideas and more in the comments section below!
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