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15
Jul
10

Electricity control center consoles

via BoingBoing

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08
Feb
10

Chemical Station from Lost’s “The Tempest” Dharma Station

via Lostpedia

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04
Feb
10

The gesture computer interface from Minority Report

Wired’s GeekDad blog gave mention to the gesture computer interface from Minority Report in their post, “The 10 Most Useful Gadgets from Science Fiction and Comics.”

Was there any geek who saw this film who didn’t feel a bit disappointed when he came home and sat down at his gesture-ignoring computer? The interface was seriously cool, and, unlike many (if not most) futuristic computer interfaces in movies, actually seemed like it might be usable.

Here’s a YouTube video of the interface from the movie:

See also:  SixthSense, a real world gesture interface in prototype that looks pretty cool.

03
Feb
10

Communications interface from Lost

via Little Box of Ideas

03
Feb
10

It’s Not Science Fiction – It’s the Air Force

A new set of commercials from the United States Air Force, which have received some criticism,  show some Avatar-esque and other Hollywood reminiscent computer interfaces, including 3D holographic interactive interfaces.  The first is their space-based program, the second a Mars based mission.  The tag line:  It’s not science fiction.  It’s what we do every day.

Followed by some shots of their (purportedly) real interfaces:

Next is the Mars mission.  Here’s apparently the view from inside a soldier’s sunglasses:

Which we can see from our base on Earth:

And track targets as if we were playing a first person shooter:

And finally a shot of the Air Force’s real interfaces:

Here’s the YouTube videos of each:

via Good

27
Jan
10

The Net: Pizza.net vs. Pizzahut.com

In the beginning of the movie, The Net, Sandra Bullock’s character, Angela Bennett, orders a pizza online.    While the logon screen is not exactly like Pizza Hut’s, it does the job.   It looks like a high-end Geocities version of the current Pizza Hut home page.  Probably the concept of logging on with a user account for pizza was either not considered, or considered too complicated for audiences.  This was 1995, after all.

There is no Finley Street in Venica, CA, unfortunately.

The Pizza.net site in The Net lets her customize her pizza order:

Much like you can on Pizzahut.com:

And afterwards provides a confirmation page:

Which is not unlike the confirmation page you get if you order from Pizza Hut.  So, while most computer interfaces in movies are horribly inaccurate or implausible (including others from The Net), this one did come true.

By the way, the current Pizza.net is a pizza joint search engine.

27
Jan
10

NORAD screens from War Games

A couple of screenshots from War Games from the NORAD control room.

Shall we play a game?

(More shots and explanations available at Rune’s PC Museum)