News sources have noted the future technologies depicted in Minority Report were prescient. Major media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal have published articles dedicated to this phenomenon, and National Public Radio (NPR) published an August 2010 podcast which analyzed the film’s accuracy in predicting future technologies. Technologies from the film later realized include: Multi-touch interfaces similar to Anderton’s, put out by Apple’s iPhone (2007), Microsoft (2007), Obscura Digital (2008), MIT (2009), Intel (2009), and Microsoft again, this time for their Xbox 360 (2010). Continue reading for more.
5. Tobii Rex
Tobii Rex is essentially an eye-tracking device that works with just about any computer running Windows 8. It consists of a pair of infrared sensors that track the user’s eyes. Simply place Tobii Rex on the bottom part of the screen, and it will capture eye movements, engaging in Gaze Interaction.
4. Leap Motion
Leap Motion recognizes fingers placed in front of it with infrared LEDs and cameras. When a user hovers their fingers above they device, they’re albe to navigate your desktop like you would your smartphone or tablet: flick to browse pages or pinch to zoom, etc.
PointGrab enables users to navigate on their computer by just pointing at it. This technology comes in the form of software, and only requires a 2D webcam to function. The camera first detects hand movements, and with that, you can control your computer. One caveat: it only works with computers that run on Windows 7 and 8, smartphones, tablets and television.
Airwriting technology allows you to write text messages or compose emails by writing like your normally do, but in the air. It comes in the form of a glove which recognizes the path your hands and fingers move in as you write, thanks to sensors that can record hand movements. Once a person starts writing, the glove will detect, a computer captures that information, and then decode the movements.
1. Xbox One Kinect
Xbox One consoles ship with an updated version of Kinect; the new Kinect uses a wide-angle time-of-flight camera, and processes 2 gigabits of data per second to read its environment. The new Kinect has greater accuracy with three times the fidelity over its predecessor and can track without visible light by using an active IR sensor. It has a 60% wider field of vision that can detect a user up to 3 feet from the sensor, compared to six feet for the original Kinect, and can track up to 6 skeletons at once.