I just picked up Minority Report on Blu-Ray over the weekend, and after watching it twice (yes, twice), was pretty blown away by all the amazing concept gadgets and technology. It's kind of hard to believe that the film came out in 2002, since the tech it featured is just now catching up to real life. From gesture-based computers, to transparent screens, to 3D holograms, Minority Report was on the cutting edge of tech back then, so take a look at the technology that has made a foray from big screen to real life here!
- Iris scanners — Those crazy iris scanners that identified everything from your identity to your last purchase at The Gap.
- 3D Holograms — Though we can't yet watch 3D versions of ourselves on home movies, we can chat with others like CNN did during the 2008 election, and dance alongside a few holograms in Vegas.
- Gesture-based interfaces — Not just for video games anymore, the gesture-based interfaces like we saw in Minority Report will soon be a real way of life — crazy gloves and all.
Check out the rest after the break.
One obvious shortcoming of the iPad is its lack of a camera, especially given one of the iPhone 4's coolest features, FaceTime video chatting. So check out the iPad Cam-Case, a protective iPad case that also includes — you guessed it — a camera. Located in the top corner of the case, the camera rotates to capture your face no matter what angle you're holding the iPad. A built-in port at the bottom of the case connects with your iPad.
Amazing idea, but is it ready to hit shelves or just a concept?Take the Quiz
Perfect for any photographer who spends long days outside taking photographs, the Solar Camera Strap is made up of solar panels that use the sun's energy to power your camera's battery. Similar to the technology used to create solar backpacks, messenger bags, and items of clothing, the thin solar films lining the strap are flexible and lightweight.
It contains two storage batteries on either end of the solar strip, and plugs directly into the camera to charge. It's a helpful and eco-friendly accessory, but is it real?Take the Quiz
You've seen one mouse pad, you've seen them all, right? Not so fast. There are mouse pads that help you stay on track, mouse pads that are made of interesting materials, and then there's this — a mouse pad that replicates your beloved (or wish-listed) iPad.