7:00 AM EDT, October 17, 2012
In the movie “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise controlled computers with just his hands. This high tech mechanism for interacting with projected information on displays wow-ed audiences.
Oblong is the company behind the technology that powered those futuristic looking computer screens, and they still see big potential in real world applications.
The movie has been the best sales presentation ever for the guys at Oblong.
“Even ten years after the movie was released, people still perceive that as setting the standard for what a computer should be like,” said CEO and Co-founder of Oblong Industries Kwin Krame.
Oblong spans multiple screens, letting you fling videos, texts or images from one place to another. While it's definitely an innovative way to work around multiple screens, the competition will be tough with today’s easy-to-use tablets and other touch screen devices.
However, according to Oblong, the inevitable future of all computation is about human beings and about hands.
“We allow people to walk up to any screen in the world and point at it and manipulate what’s on the screen just by pointing at it with their hands,” Krame said.
Big companies like Boeing and GE are using the technology, but it hasn't found its way into the homes of consumers just yet.
One reason may be, while concepts like touch screens and Kinect are no brainers, the Oblong system relies on specific hand gestures and a new input language.
Still, the developers at Oblong say, going forward, creating programs with one user interface in mind is outdated.
“Writing a computer program that you assume is going to run on just one screen is an artifact," Krame said.
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