The ‘Minority Report’ Data Center Demo

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A look at the 12-foot by 7-foot touch screen data center demo created by io Data Centers.

Instead of hauling a 40-foot long modular data center to a trade show, i/o Data Centers is taking a high-tech approach to customer tours of its i/o Anywhere modular data center. Thel i/o team has created a 12-foot by 7-foot touchscreen video wall to provide interactive tours of the company’s facilities. Selecting a “hot spot” pops up a virtual data center, complete with cross sections and product info, following the concept of the touch screens in the sci-fi movie “Minority Report.” You can see the technology at work in this video demo from Jason Ferrara of i/o Data Centers. This video runs about 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

i/o Data Center has also used Microsoft Surface to create a table-top data center tour. Some providers have used scaled-down models to provide an overview of their container products at conferences. And yes, sometimes companies bring the real life-size, multi-ton container onto a conference expo floor.

For additional video, check out our DCK video archive and the Data Center Videos channel on YouTube.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. It is not Minority Report at all. If they had used g-speak from http://oblong.com, then it would be minority report. The oblong folks created the user interface for the Minority Report movie.