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Research 3: _Influence of Science Fiction on biomedical field

In reference to finding information on a possible link between user interface and controls to science fiction movies comes an article focused on the relation of biomedical advancements and the influence movies have provided.  The author compares both directions of ideas from movies to technology and from reality to movies finding that up until modern movies the advancements mirrored each other fairly closely.  They talk about the defibrillation of Frankenstein following the successful use of a defibrillator on a human and also the creation of both a modern monitor system as well as an EEG which is found in Andromeda Strain made around the same time.  He then moves into modern movies talking about some technology that uses a base of fact from current science and moving it to a fantasy realm.  An example is from “Star Trek” when they use there “tricorder” to develop a scan of a person like an MRI but able to do so without contact and complete scanning capabilities.  Next we find that science has followed in the movies ideas with the mechanical prosthesis of Luke’s hand in “Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back”.  They conclude in saying that although biomedical science is moving very fast it is having trouble keeping up with the imaginations of the writers but he thinks that these two events will always occur making each push the limits of the other.

The user interface integrates into most of this future tech. with the automatic generation and production of most of the end results created by these science fiction technologies.  We see the use of automatic features becoming a mainstay in modern technology where the programmer and inventor makes all of the adjustments while performing and action and the user just has to start the process.

Boutillette, Michael, Christopher Coveney, Stevan Kun, and Laura J. Menides. “The Influence of Science Fiction Films on the Development of Biomedical Instrumentation.” Bioengineering Conference, 1999. Proceedings of the IEEE 25th Annual Northeast (1999): 143-44. Print.



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