Nearly two decades after its release, “Minority Report” still seems to be as prescient as the film’s eerie crime-fighting “precogs,” offering a clarifying vision of the future that continues to manifest in the real world.
Though it debuted way back in 2002, the film highlighted technologies like driverless cars, hyper-targeted advertising and robotic insects – all of which exist in 2019. Now, it appears Steven Spielberg’s cinematic premonition may have included another technology that is potentially one step closer to reality: gesture-controlled sensing technology.
Translated to English: technology that would allow us to control televisions, smartphones and computers without actually touching them, not unlike Tom Cruise’s character, chief John Anderton, manipulating floating digital images like a conductor directing an orchestra (though he uses gloves instead of a baton).
For years, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) lab has been seeking to create motion sensors that might be used in similar technology, an effort the company dubbed “Project Soli.”