g-speak spatial operating environment

Our fascination with multitouch is fairly well known, but it expands even further to cover all sorts of man machine interaction. Embedded above is a tech demo of g-speak, a spatial operating environment. The user combines gestures and spatial location to interact with on screen objects. If it seems familiar, it’s because one of the company’s founders advised on Minority Report. We doubt all this hand waving is going to catch on very quickly though. Our bet is on someone developing a multitouch Cintiq style device for people to use as a secondary monitor. It would bridge the gap between between our standard 2D interactions and gestures without making a full leap to 3D metaphors.

[via Create Digital Motion]

Comments

  1. nick says:

    that is cool. i WANT it, now.

  2. polymath says:

    now all we need are three drug babies that can see the future and tom cruise to arrest us for shit we didn’t do.

  3. mapis says:

    Where can I get a super computer that will run this?
    hehe

  4. kenny says:

    Meh, Johnny Chung Lee already did something very similar with a TV and a Wiimote. It could have easily been upgraded to be 3 dimensional and be used on a big projector.

  5. kenny says:

    and from what I see these guys use the exact same principle as Johnny. Infrared light reflecting of the reflectors on their hands and being detected by ir-sensors.

  6. srilyk says:

    But if you remember from Johnny’s vid – it’s really awkward to wave your hands around in the air for any period of time. We’re designed to work well with haptic feedback – that’s why people get weirded out by the iphone screen – we’re just not wired that way.

    So unless we (d)evolve, this kinda tech really won’t take off.

    I’m curious if it’s dark in the movie for dramatic effect or because it’s necessary for operation…

  7. Jonjo says:

    I’m guessing the darkness is mostly for the large screen projections, although it will no doubt help the IR as well.

    Also makes it look like the future where everything is dark.

  8. Taylor says:

    Yet another cool product that we wont see for years… Great. I hate the 21st century.

  9. pac says:

    totally johnny mnemonic-esque. where are the thomspon eye-phones?

  10. eduke says:

    mmmh so basically its just a bit more software around what we have already seen on the wii some time ago.

    But well a nice way to make quick money.

  11. Brad says:

    Wait, isn’t this the same post I read 4 days ago on Engadget?

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/11/14/oblongs-g-speak-the-minority-report-os-brought-to-life/

  12. Brandonman says:

    This is cool, but seems like it would be an expensive system, and I doubt many developers would really put anything out for this except a couple tech demos…

  13. Sp`ange says:

    What’s the background music?

  14. nitori says:

    I been hearing of stuff like this since the early nineties seems they’re getting close to Johnny mnemonic type interfaces bet it still cost a lot to implement.

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