At the Movies with VT KnowledgeWorks

I saw the movie Iron Man last night.  So I can be in the movie, I sit in the center of the movie theater aisle, as close to the front as the person with me will allow (when I go alone, I’m front and center, head back, mouth agape). 

Even though I was in the movie as this review in the Wall Street Journal said I would be, at moments, my awe at the film turned to awe at the VT KnowledgeWorks member companies TORC, Agent Computer, and Schultz-Creehan.

I love action-adventure films.  Having heard about a new Indiana Jones film, when the preview was shown last night, I felt my heart race, then I got tears in my eyes.  If there’s no blog post when the film opens on May 22, you’ll know where I’ll be.

Anyway, on my action-adventure film scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is Terminator 2 and 1 is that black-and-white film where a guy ends up in space straddling a rocket, I give Iron Man an 8.

I don’t want to spoil a single moment of the story if you decide to go.  Let’s just say that the ability of a mobile, human-made creation to sense and analyze the environment reminded me of the technology TORC uses for its unmanned vehicles (I wrote about it here.)  The main character has an ahead-of-the-art computer interface which reminded me of the six-word pitch about interfaces from Josh Eckstein, CEO of Agent Computer

And I know the movie’s story wasn’t real, but it seemed real, and although the main character ended up having to go it alone (he did try to form a team–the advice given over and over to entrepreneurs–good for him), I can imagine his team would have included Schultz-Creehan for its new Micro Machining Center.  The thing he makes would need some very, very tiny drilling and cutting.

My takeaways from watching Iron Man?

One, even early in the film I had a powerful sense of one of its themes:  Dream big.

Two, most of the film’s viewers will ooh and aah at the special effects and assume the technology depicted doesn’t exist but may some day in the far, far future.

I love movies, but they’re not real stories.

I know a real story.

Right off the 460 Bypass, in Blacksburg, Virginia, in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, at business incubator and business accelerator VT KnowledgeWorks, the dreams are gargantuan.

And futuristic sci-fi inventions?  While I was at the movies, the member companies of VT KnowledgeWorks finished those up yesterday.  They’re already onto new stuff today.


  1. Hi Anne – Thanks for the mention of TORC! It's always appreciated.

  2. One of your best posts. Working ideas are all-consuming.

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