May 16, 2018
My guest today is John Underkoffler. As an
early member of the MIT Media Lab, John was
approached by Steven Spielberg and legendary world-builder Alex
McDowell to help design the interface of the future for the film
The system John and the team designed became legendary for its
vision and conceptual innovation. He’s gone on to help design many
sci-fi computer interfaces including Iron Man’s
Building on these fictional computer interfaces, John has
founded the company Oblong where he is bringing
these collaborative, gestural, and tactile computer interfaces to
life — enabling digital objects and data to live in the environment
instead of the device.
We discuss John’s visionary science fiction design, his
real-world incarnation of these interfaces, and go deep into many
aspects of human-computer interaction.