Time machine user interfaces: Dr Who

Dr Who (1963 - present) User Interface: Phone box The iconic blue police phone box exterior of the TARDIS never changes, but inside the controls seem to get a makeover with each regeneration. A little bit of digging around turned up the prop builders for the current run of the show and some quite detailed (if not entirely fathomable) plans for the navigation control system. More great fan work in this next video....

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Time machine user interfaces: Time Bandits

Time Bandits (1981) User interface: The Map Strictly speaking, the user interface was jumping through a hole, but you could only find the holes by using The Map! Terry Gilliam makes great looking movies and the cartography on this map is no exception. It's such a beautiful piece of prop-work that graphic designer Jon Heilman painstakingly recreated it based on stills from the movie....

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Time machine user interfaces: The Time Machine

The end goal of the Computus Engine is to build a web application for the interactive exploration of time. One symptom however, of Long Now thinking, is that I'm not in any hurry to reach the end of the project. I'm enjoying the journey (and the journal for that matter) and I want to do it right, so the project will take as long as it takes. In fact the irony is this: if I had a time machine I could jump to the end of the project - but...

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Spatial Interface: Worldwide Telescope

Announced yesterday at the first day of this years TED conference, the Worldwide Telescope is a spatial interface for exploring the universe. Developed by Microsoft Research this free download for the Windows platform will offer "seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience." The site claims the software was created using Microsoft's high-performance Visual Experi...

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