The Interfaces Aboard the New Starship Enterprise


One of the most important and charismatic characters in the new Star Trek movie by OOOii was the company tasked with producing that vision, and they recently posted a 360-degree tour of the Enterprise bridge that they designed. Screen cap:


You’ve seen their work before: They were the firm that designed the interfaces in Minority Report, which among interaction designers has become both a bible and a touchstone. Will the new Enterprise bridge win such influence? Maybe, but maybe not for one reason: The design principles behind it are actually now a working goal for a slew of interaction designers, aiming to create “augmented realities” and ubiquitous computing. As OOOii explains:

Production Designer Scott Chambliss wanted us to design the
technology into an environment where all surfaces were prospective
interaction points and the technology was truly ubiquitous across the
entire bridge. In order to achieve this free form
movement of data that both Scott and JJ envisioned, we had to design an
architecture that utilized many computers, dynamic content rendering
and broadcasted meta data to create what appears to be a contiguous
world into which all of the screens act as windows.

Sexy stuff. But it’s worth noting that sci-fi, and the technology it depicts, is increasingly near at hand and easier to envision just five or ten years down the road. Take a look at the work in 360-degrees.