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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