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This article was published on September 5, 2013

Elon Musk took the futuristic gesture interface from Iron Man and made it real (video)

Elon Musk took the futuristic gesture interface from Iron Man and made it real (video)
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Elon Musk has posted a video showing off Space X’s custom Iron Man-inspired interface for using hand gestures in the air to design rockets.

Musk revealed to Iron Man director Jon Favreau on Twitter last month that the Space X team had seen the interface in the movie and decided to build it in real life.

The system uses the Leap Motion controller to track hand gestures. Implementations of the system include a version using 3D glasses, a free-standing glass projection (as seen in Iron Man) and the Oculus Rift headset for the full virtual reality experience. To top it all off, the team then printed the part in titanium using a 3D laser metal printer.

Related: Jayse Hansen on creating UI for The Avengers, touch control, holograms, Galaga and Project Glass

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