The gorgeous computer interfaces of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

The CG company responsible for the UIs in "Guardians of the Galaxy" has released a showreel highlighting its stunning work.

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There was a lot of CG in "Guardians of the Galaxy", and it's impressive stuff. But one thing that had us drooling were those beautiful computer interfaces, both on-screen and augmented reality. It's the work of London-based Territory Studi -- whose film credits include Ridley Scott's "Prometheus", "Jack Ryan", and "Zero Dark Thirty" -- likely to become the stuff of sci-fi legend.

The company's showreel, recently posted to the company's website via Vimeo, features a montage of the UI work in the film, including Nova Corps ID software, spacecraft flight controls, schematics, and maps, all set to a pumping electronic tune by Zelig.

Made with Adobe and Madon, the graphics represent a cornucopia of alien races and technologies, with different styles and languages representing different uses and creators. We particularly love how colourful everything is, and the different alien fonts -- although we were most particularly enamoured of the 3D holographic Dark Aster control interface.

Since we don't even have holograms yet, a holographic UI might be off the table for a while, but we're already seeing projector keyboards (although they're yet to take off). We're looking forward to this particular piece of science fiction turning into science reality -- especially if it can come with air-based haptic feedback.

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

 

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