'Iron Man 3' movie makers got some advice from Microsoft

Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates is certainly a cool guy in his own right, but in the fictional Marvel Comics movie world there's no cooler technology industry billionaire than Tony Stark. The characters, played by Robert Downey Jr. in three Iron Man films as well as "The Avengers," is shown as being as comfortable with creating new technology as he is with a mixed drink.

So it's not a shock to learn that when it came to make "Iron Man 3," the producers came to Microsoft Research to get some advice on how the movie could incorporate some future technology. In a post on the Next at Microsoft website, the division's general manager, Kevin Schofield, wrote:

They were thinking hard about the kinds of interactive technologies that we would see Tony Stark using in his lab and with the Iron Man suit. Much of our conversation revolved around large immersive and 3-D displays, gesture-based interaction, and the intersection of the two.

Microsoft Research has been working on those kinds of projects for years, such as the HoloDesk and more recently the IllumiRoom demo that projects images from a game console out to the surrounding room. Last week, Schofield was part of a panel discussion in Los Angeles, hosted by the Science and Entertainment Exchange, that had him and representatives from other companies discussing the science behind "Iron Man 3" with Stephen Broussard and Drew Pearce, the executive producer and co-screenwriter, respectively, of the film.

While it may be a long time before we ever get to the exosuit that Tony Stark creates, the user interfaces and other computing devices shown in the film are not that far off from reality. It will be interesting to see how they will develop in the years to come, in part to Microsoft's efforts.

Source: Next at Microsoft | Image via Marvel

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havnt seen iron man 3 yet but really want to. The technology in the iron man films are amazing, like when stark creates the iron man suit using holograhic technology at first then starts to build it. everything he uses seems to be limited to him cus he is the bomb and dont see the tech in any other part of the film except in his house. Hes a genius, he creates, he should use it for himself at first

myxomatosis said,
Ironman's Visor HUD is still better than Windows 8 Start Screen
i'd like to see that HUD on real life technology

sanctified said,
Too bad that they didnt think hard about making a good movie.

1 billion dollars and counting. Yeah it was train wreck. Anybody would be MORE THAN HAPPY to make that sort of a train wreck.

And that's the thing about the haters. The reason for hate never translates to reality.

Kunal Nanda said,

1 billion dollars and counting. Yeah it was train wreck. Anybody would be MORE THAN HAPPY to make that sort of a train wreck.

And that's the thing about the haters. The reason for hate never translates to reality.

That's the problem with most people, you translate success with money. It does not matter how much it has earned, it's still a terrible movie. That says more about the public than about the quality of the movie.

And grow up, 'hater' is a word used by teenagers. Or should we like everything?

sanctified said,
That's not saying much. Iron Man 2 was a train wreck, the third was a car crash. Neither are good.

Somehow I doubt you saw either.

PeterTHX said,

Somehow I doubt you saw either.

So the only possibility is to like them?

Well, you're wrong, saw the first one premiere, loved it, saw the second one's premiere, hated it, sar the third one the second night, hated it in a depressing way.

But hey, dont let me ruin it for you, everyone should love it!

Well I though the first one was excellent, and I enjoyed the second and third. Sure they have their problems but to say they are both terrible is simply your opinion. Not everyone feels the same way. Both audiences and critics both seem to like both of them enough. Your opinion is in the minority.

No matter how good something is there will always be someone to hate it, sometimes just for the sake of hating it because everyone else likes it.

Yeah, because half-developed characters, unbelievable reactions, wooden performances, laughable effects and a the lamest plot twist of the years are not reason enough.