SPACE TRAVEL ENTREPRENEUR Elon Musk has, as promised, shown off his Tony Stark like 3D gesture computing design system.
Musk says he is not Tony Stark, who is otherwise known as Iron Man, but he is not helping his case. He is in at least one Iron Man film and is a fan of the series.
He also mentions it quite often, and in a video he pays homage to the idea that he saw on screen and pulled into the real world.
"We figured out how to design rocket parts just [with] hand movements through the air (seriously). Now [we] need a high frame rate holograph generator," he said last month.
"And, uhh no (zillionth person who asked), I am not going to make an IM suit, however design by hand-manipulated hologram is actually useful."
He promised to show off the kit in a video then, and now he has. It is not quite up there with the cinema experience, but it is does look cool.
The three minute video called The Future of Design in on Youtube. In it we see Musk using his virtual reality system, moving around pieces with his hands and generally looking a lot like Tony Stark.
Musk said that things "feel like they are right there in front of you". He added, "You can really use your intuition, [and] take things from your mind into a physical object". Once designed, virtual kit is then printed with a 3D laser metal printer, layer by layer.
SpaceX SuperDraco inconel rocket chamber w regen cooling jacket emerges from EOS 3D metal printer pic.twitter.com/Tj284OuAk1— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 5, 2013
Musk details some of the kit used, which includes the Oculus Rift headset, and thanks a number of companies including Nvidia for their assistance.
He said that this will revolutionise design and manufacturing in the 21st Century. µ
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