So, why couldn't R2D2 speak English, anyway?

R2D2 was a droid with incredible resources for data storage, navigation, and even defense, but no one ever bothered to install translation capabilities. After looking at some of the amazing footage of the user interfaces designed for the starships in Star Wars, a question came up: Why not? » 1/24/14 4:20pm 1/24/14 4:20pm

The Real Problem With Logan's Run's Infamous "Sex Teleport" Scene

The weirdest moment in Logan's Run is probably that bit where we see Logan selecting a sex partner via a remote control, and the chosen partner teleports into his home. But the trouble with that scene isn't just the weird "dialing for casual sex" vibe — it's the terrible user interface, argues expert Chris Noessel. » 9/19/13 7:00am 9/19/13 7:00am

Why the User Interface in Hackers Hasn't Aged That Badly

A lot of the stuff about the movie Hackers looks really dated now, especially some of the fashions and the way it depicts hacking. But the user interface still looks pretty good, compared to a lot of other stuff from the era. Paul Franklin, the Academy Award-winning special effects designer who's worked on all… » 1/25/13 2:13pm 1/25/13 2:13pm

Design Lessons from Star Trek to Consider Before Creating Your Next…

We all know that Star Trek gave us the iPad and countless other amazing devices — but the classic space adventure show also gave us some amazing breakthroughs in user interface design. Here's a rundown of the lessons that Star Trek teaches about interaction design, from the new book Make it So: Interaction Design… » 9/21/12 12:45pm 9/21/12 12:45pm

Nathan Fillion Has Way Too Much Fun With Minority Report's Shiny…

The gestural interface that looked so shiny in Minority Report has turned up everywhere since then, and now it's cheap enough that it's in the FBI's war room, on Castle. Allowing Nathan Fillion to have too much fun bursting windows. » 3/23/10 11:00am 3/23/10 11:00am