G-Speak is gesture based control

by Mark R

I don’t know what it is about the movie Minority Report which compels me to write so many articles on devices that are plucked from that movie. About a month ago, I reported on the iPoint Presenter, a gesture based interface designed by Franhofer HHI.

Today’s offering from the Cruise/Spielberg flick is the G-Speak, designed by Oblong. I think of all the reports that I have done on gesture-based interfaces, this one is the closest to Minority Report so far.

As you can see, the user has the gloves, just like Tom Cruise. There is even that cobalt blue effect that was the film’s most featured color. Of course, the similarities should come as no surprise, because one of Oblong’s founders served as on Spielberg’s “think tank” for the 2002 film.

So, it will appear that gesture based computers are going to be a reality soon. That’s good, because when I saw Minority Report, I kept saying to myself: “I want Tom Cruise’s computer”. Back then, I just assumed his gesture-based controls were just special effects and not actual technology. I also wondered how much Cruise was seeing when he was making weird gestures.

So, what is it about Minority Report that keeps us coming back to it? Is it a science fiction classic like Blade Runner? Drop me a comment if you agree or disagree.


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