Scifi Movies & Experimental Concepts (11/21) & Storboards (11/26)




Choose the environment you wish you could see from the comfort of your room, whether it be some place warm, some place cold, or somewhere in between.
Use your voice and a specially selected password to open your home’s “vitals” that are being kept track of quietly behind your VR wall.
Your “Home” page welcomes you! Here are all the things that you deemed important: Weather, time, important events, as well as your home’s “vitals.” The vitals tell you if lights have been left on, if appliances are still running. They allow you to adjust the overall temperature of the house, and allow you to see if the doors and windows are all locked.
With some easy gestures you can expand the size of an item on your “home” page.
A grab and drop gesture allows you to quickly and easily rearrange items how you see fit.
Voice commands allow you to add new information or delete the old. Once you are finished you can speak your passcode to return to your VR wall.
VR wall’s virtual locations will adjust temperature, “breeze”, light, and sound to fit your needs. Just tell it what you want it to do and then enjoy as it whisks you away.

Similar Interfaces

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Corning Glass Television shows some of the interaction I would like with my wall.


ACICS/NY Marathon Interactive Wall is similar in that it will sense you are near it and respond to your presence. Also its a full wall with interactions!

virtual reality wall

Virtual Reality Wall Technology very similar to what I wanted the “inactive” state of my product to look like.


I wound up watching three movies, I think maybe I have a hard time seeing interfaces because I couldn’t get too many out of any single movie. I watched Fifth Element, Moon, and Sunshine.

Sci-Fi Movie Interfaces


Gerty – Robot on the station has a screen showing an emoticon to make it seem more human. There to check up on and assist the person (Sam) currently occupying the station.
Gerty has arms that can move around the ship and make repairs.
Screens displaying statuses of harvesters.
Clap activated television.
Music player that flips open, touch screen on bottom for pausing/playing music. Kind of like a smart phone/flip phone hybrid.
Log computer has simple video feed, controlled with keyboard.
“Cryogenic Protection Pod” closes after Sam lays down, automatically plays a video of a man describing what the pod does. (Actually pretty evil.)


Voice controlled windows. Psyche Officer talks to “Icarus” (the ship) though a tiny box on his uniform and controls how much light can filter through the windows. (voice command)
Recording center for video messages (touch screen)
Virtual reality room in the infirmary, puts the user in the middle of a relaxing scene
Thin glass touch screen monitors.
VR room can be used to run simulations. Physicist runs simulation on how the payload will deliver the materials to the sun.
Manual buttons and knobs in the command center used when the ship is partially shut down and may be damaged. Everything seems very analogue, screens are purely text based and green and black.
Command center has a lot of small monitors with video feeds rather than one large futuristic looking monitor.
Doors are operated by the ship’s computer, so they can open or close without the need of manual human interaction.
Touch screen device with pen for analyzing data
Nuclear payload all controlled manually with analogue controls.

Fifth Element

Big Military ship has physical interfaces with digital displays. Lots of knobs and buttons that help control the ship while giving the “user” information on what they were seeing out in space via the screen.
Bruce Willis’s alarm clock is a thin sheet of glass that functions as a touch screen.
Bruce Willis’s entire house is “activated” when his alarm goes off. Lights come on, “quit smoking” cigarette dispenser speaks.
There is a switch to open the cat door.
Numerous buttons and screens inside the taxi, as well as a robotic voice that relays information (how many points Dallas has on his multi-pass). Buttons operate the taxi (release it from its dock), screens show the taxi’s “vitals” and the cost/route.
The Taxi has a screen that displays a map of the area around the cab so that the user can see the surrounding obstacles and drivable space (Since all vehicles hover/fly).
The machine that brings Leeloo back to life has screens and direct input buttons that show the vitals and process
A virtual reality/holographic screen supports the piece of body and builds it from the skeleton up.
Microwaves that transform pill sized “food” into full meals.
Computer allows Leeloo to search for a specific location and touch the screen for added information.
Make up applicator that is shaped like a pair of goggles/visor, applies makeup with the push of a button.
Cruise ship pilot on Flostan Paradise has a glass screen that shows a projection on his side but nothing on the cabin side, allows him to pilot the ship.
“Peephole” cameras that cops use to see through doors into apartments during a search.
The final interface is the one that saves the world. The four stone elements are set on pedestals that use iconography as a means of directing the user what to do. The stones are activated by those elements (Fire uses fire, wind uses wind, etc.) and Leeloo plays a part as the fifth element, love. Its a really simple analogue interface for an incredibly important function.

Analysis – Fifth Element

I’ve selected the Peephole camera from Fifth Element to dissect. Its a small device that is easily carried while on a search, it is opened in order for it to perform its function which is seeing through the doors of suspects being questioned by police. All residents have two yellow circles on their wall that they must put their hands on in order for the device to work, once in place the cop can see into the apartment and speak with the resident without any actual confrontation. The device broadcasts in a blue tone, which could be limiting compared to a full color more “clear” look into a dwelling. Other options for the peephole device would have been to have the same sort of technology installed in an officer’s visor so that they were being used completely hands free with less risk to the officer.

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