Elon Musk shows off high-tech technique of interacting with 3D models

Billionaire Elon Musk, who is well-known for his bizarre futuristic ideas, recently released a video showing off a high-tech technique of interacting with 3D models.

The video shows off SpaceX's custom Iron Man-inspired interface for using hand-gestures in the air to design rockets.

Users of CAD (computer-aided design) have long been designing objects in 3D (three dimensions), but doing the same on a 2D screen using a specialized mouse and keyboard has many limitations.

Musk hooked the Leap Motion device up to the 3D modeling software, which made him capable of manipulating models of engines and their components with the use of intuitive hand gestures such as grabbing and rotating in the air.

The technique is not ready for prime time, but Musk believes that this gesture-based method of manipulating & editing 3D models will finally ultimately become widespread among designers and engineers.

Elon Musk founded SpaceX and co-founded payment service PayPal and electric carmaker Tesla Motors.

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