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Elon Musk Claims the Iron Man Hologram UI Can Be Built—and He Might Just Be the One to Build It

by , 08/27/13

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In case you needed further evidence that Elon Musk may in fact be Iron Man himself, the billionaire inventor and entreprenur’s recent tweets are here to help. While Tony Stark’s hologram computer user interface may look completely fantastical, Musk is claiming that he can actually build it—and intends to do so. According to Musk’s recent tweets, he will soon be posting a video of himself designing a rocket part with hand gestures hand gestures alone, before printing the part in titanium.



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There have been attempts to design similar holographic interfaces before–the Leap Motion Controller and an illusion called Pepper’s Ghost have played with the idea but the actual technology is still a long way from a practical application.

Tony Stark’s interface, designed by motion design company Prologue, is one in a string of cleverly designed systems envisioned in movies- Minority Report and Quantum of Solace come to mind. However, it wouldn’t be the first time movies predicted and helped develop actual scientific inventions. We just have to wait and see how far is Musk prepared to take it. But if anyone has the imagination, the brains and the means to make it happen, it’s quite probably Elon Musk.

+ Prologue

Via Gizmodo

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5 Comments

  1. Aldrin Almuete December 6, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    someday i will be the first filipino inventor of an VHOS.

  2. Viral Survivor August 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    If he keeps on inventing maybe one day he we’ll drop him into war zones and he will settle everything.

  3. Josh Kelahan August 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I expect there are a number of problems in building this “iron man” interface. Two are of particular interest. The first, and likely most difficult is in projecting the images into the air. If I project a ball into the air, I need to be able to move around this projected image without it disappearing, so we are talking about some kind of multi-axis display system. Secondly, the image needs to be projected very high precision, so that when we get to the point where I want to interact with the image, I can do so. It won’t help anyone if I go to pick up the ball, and the object next to the ball is lifted instead of the ball. Once we get past these 2 technical hurdles, building an interface becomes much easier.

  4. archonic August 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I great admire Elon but seriously? I’m an interaction designer and I would bet my savings that a hand gesture interface will not be used to design engineering parts. Maybe to present them but the interactions in Iron Man or Minority Report will remain only in fantasy. A tablet/monitor all-in-one and a 3D mouse is years ahead of a free hand interface. Can you imagine the frustration of trying to enter specific tolerances by hand gestures or voice? I know keyboards are old but they will remain a part of an engineers toolkit for the foreseeable future.

    That said, just cause Elon tweets about something doesn’t mean he’ll dive into something totally new. If he tweeted about food not agreeing with him, the media would pick it up and write articles about how the rocket man genius is going to eliminate the need to poop.

  5. GreatEmerald GreatEmerald August 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    So those omni-tools are not that far off after all.

    In general such motion control is not very useful, compared to input from keyboards and mice, because it requires more effort and is not as precise. But in the case of omni-tools, it does make sense, because they are too small to feasibly include any regular input devices (and the whole point of them is compactness and quick, easy access wherever you may be). Though I’m not sure how the projection is supposed to work.

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