TIs OMAP 5 may deliver that Minority Report interface youve been waiting
Ever since Minority Report was released people have been asking and comparing future user interfaces to that used by Tom Cruise in the movie. Only last year John Underkoffler gave a TED talk demonstrating the gesture interface we’d all be using in 5 years. Now, a few months later, Texas Instruments is offering it up to manufacturers as part of its new OMAP 5 platform on mobile devices.OMAP 5 uses two multicore ARM Cortex-A15 processors running up to 2GHz each. As it’s a platform TI include both 3D and 2D graphics engines, and boasts of a 5x increase in graphics performance over existing mobile handsets.AdChoices广告TI want OMAP 5 used for HD, stereoscopic 3D imaging and video, augmented reality, and 3D graphics output. But there’s also support for proximity sensors and interactive projection. Brought together in a mobile device that means HD quality projector output you can interact with in mid-air with gestures. In other words: a Minority Report-style interface on the go as the video below hints at:Compared to the previous OMAP 4 platform TI has made some major improvements in every area. At the same time the transition from OMAP 4 to 5 is meant to be pretty painless allowing current projects using OMAP 4 to easily transition.Here’s a breakdown of the advantages and additional features of OMAP 5 over the previous generation platform:It’s unlikely we’ll see such an interface offered soon on a mobile device. Texas Instruments is making samples available in the second half of this year and expects products using OMAP 5 to hit the market in the second half of 2012.Read more at Texas Instruments, via ITProPortalMatthew’s OpinionThe touchscreen displays we carry with us can only get so big before the unit itself won’t fit in our pockets, or the battery drain is too much to make it feasible to go bigger. Switching to projector output makes sense if we can get the resolution high enough and make gesture inputs (or touchscreen on any surface) work well.OMAP 5 looks to be a big step towards offering that. Any transition needs something impressive to draw users to it, and HD graphics on a scale much bigger than a smartphone will surely do that, especially if we can interact with them.All we need now is smartphone manufacturers to embrace it and put a projection unit and OMAP chip inside a handset. Who will jump first?