Video: The future of computing

posted at 2:56 pm on January 23, 2007 by Allahpundit

So hot it was almost difficult to watch. Julie-Banderas-in-a-plunging-neckline hot.

We’re on the cusp of a golden age, my friends. All we need to make it happen are affordable 300″ LCD monitors with touch capabilities. Target date: 2150 or so.

Believe it or not, the clip doesn’t do it justice. You have to read the blockquote at Defense Tech. Oh mah gahd.

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I wonder if the song in the background is included with the technology. If so, I’m saving my money now.

TheThink on January 23, 2007 at 3:00 PM

I’m sure glad I still remember my mime-trapped-in-a-box routine.

Way too cool!

Kini on January 23, 2007 at 3:05 PM

I believe I saw the zoom feature for the *phone that Jobs showed off the other day. Totally intuitive technique.

I’ve been wanting screens that size since Total Recall. And my flying car that folds up into a briefcase, and robot maid.

The Monster on January 23, 2007 at 3:06 PM

How very “Minority Report meets 24“. Me likey.

Kid from Brooklyn on January 23, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Target date: 2150 or so.

That’s just mean.

Esthier on January 23, 2007 at 3:10 PM

What’s the big deal? What you saw in that video is what I’m doing whenever I’m not here commenting… are the rest of you really that far behind?

RightWinged on January 23, 2007 at 3:10 PM

That looked good, even on my Y2K compliant monitor.

fluffy on January 23, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Hey, don’t tease us with “Julie-Banderas-in-a-plunging-neckline-hot” and then show us a video of a bunch of nerds who make more money than us. I thought for sure the video would be a clip from Studio B…

Enrique on January 23, 2007 at 3:12 PM

2150? I’ll make you a bet that we see this by 2020. :-)

steveegg on January 23, 2007 at 3:16 PM

Hey, don’t tease us with “Julie-Banderas-in-a-plunging-neckline-hot” and then show us a video of a bunch of nerds who make more money than us. I thought for sure the video would be a clip from Studio B…

Enrique on January 23, 2007 at 3:12 PM

Agreed. You owe us one of those ;-)

steveegg on January 23, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Don’t forget to tip your laserist….

Editor on January 23, 2007 at 3:22 PM

All we’re missing now are precognitient teenagers and we can defeat murder as we know it!

ALL HAIL SPIELBERG!!

Hoodlumman on January 23, 2007 at 3:23 PM

2020 WAY too far off. This is like 2015 stuff. If I’m still using my hands to “compute” by 2025 I’m gonna be pissed.

Editor on January 23, 2007 at 3:24 PM

How very “Minority Report meets 24“. Me likey.

Kid from Brooklyn on January 23, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Exactly!

lan astaslem on January 23, 2007 at 3:25 PM

I kept waiting for Julie to appear and plunge her neckline… how bout some truth in advertising, Allah?

Wall-size “touch” screens coupled with fiber optic feeds of who-knows-what kind of content – doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the life-size-in-your-room digital technology of the future will be used for.

I’m buying stock.

Halley on January 23, 2007 at 3:25 PM

imagine what this is going to do for the online porn industry.

jp on January 23, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Dang…I’m drooling and I don’t even have a Y chromosome. That is freakin awesome…

tickleddragon on January 23, 2007 at 3:37 PM

Yeah, hoping to see plunging neckline, instead seeing Picar and Data, but what else did i expect, Triumph was right.

bbz123 on January 23, 2007 at 3:39 PM

I guess that Y chromosome thing was a bennie in my case…I didn’t get distracted by the “plunging neckline” comment, and focused on the impressiveness at hand.

tickleddragon on January 23, 2007 at 3:47 PM

The Fast Company article says he did not use any venture capital in the development, so he is in the black before he even gets started. Good for him! But who is going to clean all of the sticky fingerprints off the screens? (It is flu season, ya know?)

lan astaslem on January 23, 2007 at 3:51 PM

I miss pong.

Limerick on January 23, 2007 at 3:55 PM

ehk

it wont load for me.

One Angry Christian on January 23, 2007 at 3:55 PM

I’ll wait until next year when it drops under 100 bucks.

Valiant on January 23, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Note to self: Buy Windex stock.

thirteen28 on January 23, 2007 at 4:01 PM

2020 WAY too far off. This is like 2015 stuff. If I’m still using my hands to “compute” by 2025 I’m gonna be pissed.

Editor on January 23, 2007 at 3:24 PM

Shhh, I was trying to sucker AP into that bet.

steveegg on January 23, 2007 at 4:08 PM

…or an iPhone.

Neo on January 23, 2007 at 4:14 PM

BAH!

People think a small cell phone would cause cancer? Just think of all the rads these screens are pumping out just 2 feet away from you! You’d probably need shades for the eyes after 24 hours and at least a barstool after standing for long periods of time.

It looks pretty but it ain’t practical.

P.S. Julie B. in a bikini and BTW, Rebecca Gomez, too…

kevcad on January 23, 2007 at 4:21 PM

How very “Minority Report meets 24“. Me likey.

Kid from Brooklyn on January 23, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Beat me (and everyone else) too it. But I raise you a Neuromancer; still isn’t wetware. :)

- The Cat

MirCat on January 23, 2007 at 4:27 PM

Almost everything that clip showed is not 2150, or 2015, it’s now. Smartboard tech has existed for about 8 years. Custom configuring the software to work with all of GoogleEarth’s bells and whistles would take about half an hour. Only our $$$ limits keep us from those toys.

And the step beyond that is no monitor at all, but an “airscreen” with a holographic image that senses the positions and motions of your fingers, ala the movie Paycheck, for you Philip K. Dick fans.

Freelancer on January 23, 2007 at 4:30 PM

Big deal. Didn’t see them send one email.

Agrippa2k on January 23, 2007 at 4:35 PM

The future of computing is going to be awesome.

Unfortunately, I’m still stuck in the past of computing:

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sandberg on January 23, 2007 at 4:45 PM

I’ll be impressed when he shows how his approach tackles the blue screen of death.

Dusty on January 23, 2007 at 4:45 PM

This has been in development for over 2 years now. There are at least 2 other videos showing his progress.

Tim Burton on January 23, 2007 at 5:09 PM

ehk

it wont load for me.

I would be Angry Christian!!

maintenanceman on January 23, 2007 at 5:24 PM

It’ll be pretty awesome until you smash your screen with your Wii controller. Or you break your computer in anger when you’re organizing your raid at MC and someone yells “LEEROY JENKINS!” and agros an impossible number of mobs.

Nethicus on January 23, 2007 at 5:26 PM

2050 huh? … or even 2020 huh?
I hope for the sake of all you youngsters out there that western civilization still exists in 43 years…or even in 13 years. If not, the only thing that you kiddies may have to move around on your 300″ video screens is close-up photographs of Mookie’s mug, in addition to the listings du jour of the officially approved prayers (inspired by the Quran, of course). If I remember right, they had someting akin to 300″ video screens in George Orwell’s 1984, didn’t they?
(Sorry to rain on your parade AllahP.)

CyberCipher on January 23, 2007 at 5:44 PM

So, in the future, all computer applications will be weird looking 3d models and windows that fly all over the place but don’t actually do anything?

Watcher on January 23, 2007 at 6:20 PM

And I’m guessing they will find a way to charge hundreds of thousands of dollars for this stuff.

Watcher on January 23, 2007 at 6:23 PM

I’ll be impressed when he shows how his approach tackles the blue screen of death.

Dusty on January 23, 2007 at 4:45 PM

Sony has new technology that will use haiku poetry to deal with that for their Vaio machines:

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

A sampling of other error messages they will have:

A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows is like that.

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.

thirteen28 on January 23, 2007 at 6:25 PM

For those geeks that want to know how this works. This technology was covered about a year ago on Engadget.

It’s called Frustrated Total Internal Reflection Display. It’s all projection basesd. It was created at NYU.

Egfrow on January 23, 2007 at 7:10 PM

Here is the Schools original Project site.

Egfrow on January 23, 2007 at 7:14 PM

I could sure use of of those in my yearbook class!

Mojave Mark on January 23, 2007 at 7:59 PM

All I saw was a lot of zooming in and out and then moving stuff around.

I can already do that three times as fast with my wheel mouse, while all the time relaxing in my chair with a beer. No flapping my arms around like a freakin’ idiot, no getting peanut butter and buffalo wing sauce all over my display.

a4g on January 23, 2007 at 8:03 PM

I’m underwhelmed.

PRCalDude on January 23, 2007 at 8:30 PM

“Believe it or not, the clip doesn’t do it justice.”

I believe it. I can’t even get it to play :(

Kevin M on January 23, 2007 at 9:36 PM

And what is someone supposed to do with this? Plot maps all day long? That kinda gets old after a while.

VinceP1974 on January 23, 2007 at 11:20 PM

Wow! I want one, and with a T1 fat pipe to get the response shown on this demo. Wow!

omegaram on January 24, 2007 at 12:54 AM

And what is someone supposed to do with this?

Some future FPS-geek who barely makes it through basic training will be commanding an entire unmanned tank battalion from a workstation with stuff like this. A couple of robotic recon units to provide Low-Light TV, IR, and thermal imagery of ground details combined with hourly updated satellite imagery to provide a fully rendered model of a local battlespace that can be controlled just like a video game.

Beyond applications of that nature, or for advanced classroom/demonstration media, you’re right, it doesn’t suit most office-style application much better than a classic workstation. Oh, and that USB thing will never catch on.

Freelancer on January 24, 2007 at 6:36 AM

This is nothing new. I have been in the computer industry from more then 25 years, and touch screens are old news. The only thing new is the software, and a large LCD display. Sure they made changed in the electronics, but that’s bound to happen!

Confederate on January 24, 2007 at 8:55 AM

It’s actually pretty unique. It’s not a standard touch screen. It uses light differential and not electricty to determine touch. Standard touch screen only allow one cursor or finger.

More than 20 hands and 100 fingers can all be tracked independently and in real time. It’s a little more sophisticated than updated electronics. It’s not LCD by the way.

Egfrow on January 24, 2007 at 9:46 AM

VinceP1974,

And what is someone supposed to do with this? Plot maps all day long? That kinda gets old after a while.

An IBM executives once said “why would regular people need a computer?”

Bill Gates once said “no one will ever need more than 600K or RAM”

This is called a disruptive technology.

Who needs more than 2400 Baud of bandwidth or why should it always be connected all the time?

Egfrow on January 24, 2007 at 9:52 AM

Julie-Banderas-in-a-plunging-neckline hot.
Target date: 2150 or so.

I don’t want to see that… her neckline would have to plunge to the floor to keep up with her drooping titties.

shermacman on January 24, 2007 at 10:01 AM

ALL HAIL SPIELBERG!!

Hoodlumman on January 23, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Don’t you mean, “ALL HAIL DICK”?

Of course, not many can get away with yelling that one out.

ej_pez on January 24, 2007 at 4:29 PM

Bitchin’!

Tzetzes on January 24, 2007 at 9:07 PM