there’s not much debate around the idea that technology portrayed in movies and tv shows has a strange way of becoming actualized. many a time, pop culture predicted the future. there was a mashable article not too long ago that threw us back to a few commercials that did exactly that. at&t saw the gps on the way in 1993 and apple knew touchscreens would be around in 1987.
while it’s pretty terrifying to think of Gravity or Avatar as omens for our future reality, the technology used in these movies can guide the way for the next round of programmers that roll through. think about it, some 13 yr old is sitting watching George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in space, they see some ridiculous holographic computer, and the next thing we know, we’re living in a world full of communication based on holograms.
as of right now, we’re not too far off. this morning, a Swiss UI company, dizmo, reached their goal on kickstarter to fund their new interactive user interface. any smartboard surface would facilitate the a pretty ridiculous digital experience. just like Tom Cruise in Minority Report or Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man, you can whip your files around, blow them up, spin them about, and swipe them away. sounds like the most natural way to let your files materialize before your eyes and save trees while you’re doing it. this new digital gizmo company is bringing Tony Stark’s lab to us.
the best part about all of this? give it a few years and anything like dizmo is going to be so casually the norm.