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The real Minority Report: Scientist gives incredible demo of how we will use computers in the future

By Daniel Bates In New York
It looks like a scene from the futuristic thriller 'Minority Report'.
But this stunning footage shows how humans could be interacting with computers using today's technology.

The 'Spacial operating environment' allows the user to move in 3D inside the workspace which is projected onto huge screens in front of them using gloves with sensors attached to them.

Instead of clicking with a mouse and typing with a keyboard, you can move through and around the work you are doing in realtime 3D, giving you far more flexibility than a standard computer allows.

Minority  Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos G-speak -- the real-life version of the film's technology

It has been designed by John Underkoffler, one of the science advisers for 'Minority Report,' who continued his research after the 2002 Steven Spielberg film was completed.

He said that 25 years on from from the invention of the Macintosh, which 'fundamentally changed' how people thought about computers, operating systems have changed very little.

Although software and web programmes have improved massively, how you interact with a PC or Mac is much the same.

In a jaw-dropping demonstration at a conference organised by the Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) group in America, Mr Underkoffler showed how things could be updated to the 21st century.

Using his gloves, he worked on a series of images in a fraction of the
time it would have taken with a normal computer.
Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in the film Minority Report in which he uses special gloves to move information and graphics around a screen in front of him

He was able to change the way they were laid out with a flick of his wrist, put them flat so he could pick one out easily by moving his palm or fly around them by turning his fingers.

The intuitive setup also allowed him to 'reach in' and make selections from 3D plates with ease.

In 'Minority Report' Tom Cruise uses sensors attached to his hands to control a huge wraparound screen in front of him to search through vast banks of data and the internet.

He works for 'Precrime', an elite law enforcement unit which works with genetically altered humans called 'Pre-Cogs' who have psychic powers to see crimes before they happen.

The famous scene in his office shows him tracking down the location a murder is about to be committed using the incredible software.

Mr Underkoffler's demonstration also included a section where he 'pulled apart' a schematic of a machine part and manipulated logistics data onto a globe which was projected onto the screens in front of him.

The device also allows collaboration on-screen which he demonstrated with the help of two colleagues who both worked on the same image at the same time he did.

Only now are computer and console makers exploiting the possibilities of interfaces beyond the joystick and the mouse.

Microsoft last week launched Xbox Kinect, a sensor which allows users to control characters in the game by moving their body with no controller at all.

The Nintendo Wii also uses a sensor which tracks players but they still have to use an infra-red joystick for most functions.

Mr Underkoffler, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that any new technology should be made available to the public and not just business.

'Technology is capable of expressing and being imbued with a certain generosity and we need to demand that,' he said.

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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