Tech we took from science fiction

Tech prophecies from sci-fi films, books, and TV shows that became reality.

By Patrick Miller, PCWorld |  Offbeat, popular science, robotics

Minority Report / Gesture Controls

Blah blah precognition, blah blah Tom Cruise--what really got nerds going in Minority Report was the awesome gesture-driven computer user interface. Although holographic displays aren't yet the norm, the DepthJS project at MIT manages to merge the Microsoft Kinect with JavaScript to achieve Web-based gesture controls. You can also perform a few tweaks that will make your PC look like it came from Hollywood.

[ See also: Cool Kinect hack: Controlling Windows 7 [video] ]

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