Scifi to SciFact #11: Tony Stark’s Tech2 min read

We’re being spoiled by these years of blockbuster superhero movies, and our favorite comic book characters are seriously upping our expectations of technology.

Thanks to the amazing visual effects teams of recent sci-fi, the general public is clamoring for stuff as sophisticated as Tony Stark’s setup, like transparent, light-based computer panels hovering in mid-air, able to be swung from one side of the room to the other with a simple swipe hand gesture.

As usual, scientists, engineers, and other innovators are all over this, trying to make sci-fi technology a reality.

One such company is Leap Motion, who has developed a USB computer “controller” that turns your gadget space into a Stark-esque workstation.

From the Leap website:
“With a wave of a hand or lift of a finger, you’re about to change the way you use your computer. The Leap Motion Controller senses how you move your hands, the way you move them naturally. So you can point, wave, reach, and grab. Even pick something up and put it down. Just like in real life. It’s an amazing device for the things you do every day and for things you never thought you could do.”

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This is a computing game-changer. While this kind of technology is already out there in some other capacities (Kinect for Xbox), it opens up a whole new world to be able to use this for stuff like work and school projects and internet browsing.

There’s another section on the Leap website that says:

“Imagine if technology finally figured out people, instead of the other way around.”

A fascinating and somewhat revolutionary idea for sure. It makes sense, after all, that we want our gadgets to work WITH us instead of just FOR us. We’re impossibly attached to our smartphones, tablets, and laptops, and as they become smaller and sleeker every year, we only anticipate something better the following year.

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The Leap controller is launching this summer, and I think it’s safe to say that many similar products will follow.

If we’re lucky, we may soon be computing as smoothly as Tony Stark himself.

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