Elon Musk Unveils His Vision For 'The Future of Design' With Hand Manipulated Holographic Technology

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News Posted: Fri, Sep 6 2013 10:31 AM
Tesla CEO Elon Musk (who we could safely call a futurist at this, can’t we?) has more on his mind that just cars and 4,000 MPH Hyperloop transportation systems. He also tweeted his intention of developing a hand-manipulated hologram design engine and promised to post a video of designing a rocket part with only hand gestures and printing the part in titanium.

I can’t believe I just typed that sentence. The video is up, and here it is:

Musk showed a wireframe of the rocket part, and he was able to rotate the 3D object on a screen with one hand, and with a second hand, he zoomed in and out, moved it around the screen, and spun the object around and “caught it”--all in the air.

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He moved on to manipulating an actual 3D CAD model and interacting with the software; you can see that he used a Leap Motion controller. He performed pretty much all the same motions as above, but it appears as though he was able to “click” certain areas, too.

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Next, he shows off a 3D projection, a freestanding glass projection (Ironman style), and interacts with the model using the Oculus Rift. Finally, he prints the part in titanium with a 3D metal printer.

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The input methods he demos are powerful, although he’s just using existing technology to do it. This isn’t really a future-leaning endeavor per se. Finally, note that we don’t actually see him design anything; the models he works with are already made. Still, it’s exciting to see new ways of doing things come to life on screen.
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This man is serious about wanting to be the real life Tony Stark.

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Sep 6 2013 7:57 PM

What's impressive about him is that he seemingly invents or champions practical uses of sci-fi movie technologies.

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...designing a rocket part...

Err, no. He VIEWED the designed part. No actual designing was done in that video. IE. he didn't post what he promised.

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Also, no holography in the video. Google "define:holography" if you want to know what holography is.

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AjayD replied on Sun, Sep 8 2013 3:05 AM

More than anything, Elon Musk is a facilitator. Quite simply put, he makes things happen.


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pjs replied on Sun, Sep 8 2013 2:27 PM

i hate liars

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