After having watched the Star Trek movie in the Sydney IMAX theatre (and almost getting a neck strain desperately looking for the miniscule USS Enterprise in some of ultra-wide shots), one has to admire the incredibly designed information panels on the bridge. I was not surprised to learn that the company behind its execution, OOOiii [ooo-ii.com], was also responsible for the gesture-like interfaces in Minority Report and The Island.
On a technical level, the live visual effects office OOOii created a complete Flash / ActionScript 3 framework for compositing and sequencing various effects that was used live on the set during filming. An AIR application was used for authoring the various sequences and also to control them as the actors manipulated them. The resulting architecture thatutilized many computers, dynamic content rendering, and broadcasted meta data, to create what appears to be a contiguous world into which all of the screens act as windows. It also means that the man who converted his studio flat into a replica Star Trek spaceship probably saw this coming when he sold his apartment last year.