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Sixth Sense


For all those who missed the news about this newest device which won the 2009 Invention award by Popular Science from a 28 year-old Indian Pranav Mistry, read on.

Pranav Mistry, who did his engineering from IIT Bombay, is a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT’s Media Lab, Before his studies at MIT, he worked with Microsoft as a UX researcher.

Pranav Mistry introduces his device in his website as:

“Although the miniaturization of computing devices allows us to carry computers in our pockets, keeping us continually connected to the digital world, there is no link between our digital devices and our interactions with the physical world. Information is confined traditionally on paper or digitally on a screen. SixthSense bridges this gap, bringing intangible, digital information out into the tangible world, and allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gestures. ‘SixthSense’ frees information from its confines by seamlessly integrating it with reality, and thus making the entire world your computer.”

The SixthSense prototype is comprised of a pocket projector, a mirror and a camera. The hardware components are coupled in a pendant like mobile wearable device. Both the projector and the camera are connected to the mobile computing device in the user’s pocket. The projector projects visual information enabling surfaces, walls and physical objects around us to be used as interfaces; while the camera recognizes and tracks user’s hand gestures and physical objects using computer-vision based techniques.

The SixthSense prototype implements several applications that demonstrate the usefulness, viability and flexibility of the system. The video below illustrated what this device can do.

The current prototype system costs approximate $350 to build.

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