I was just talking to a friend about this last night. Call it a conspiracy theory but I tend to believe that movies often times hold the secrets to our future. The one movie that's proving my theory? Minority Report.
One of the science advisers from the Steven Spielberg film has created a shit-me-not, real-world implementation of the computer systems seen in the movie. Called g-speak, the mind bending OS combines "gestural i/o, recombinant networking, and real-world pixels," to deliver what the creators call "the first major step in [a] computer interface since 1984."
It's something that companies including IBM and Microsoft Corp. along with universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, have been working on since the early 1990s. John Underkoffler, who served as the film's science advisor, hails from MIT's Media Lab.
The g-speak platform is built around free-hand, three-dimensional gestural input, and applications are controlled by hand poses, movement and pointing. A software development kit that runs on both Mac OS X and Linux are available now, and the development platform is already being used by some companies, government agencies and universities. G-speak's creators say it is the "first major step in computer interface since 1984," when the Apple Macintosh introduced the mouse and the graphical user interface to the public.
Ready to see this in live action..with some creepy music?