« Muji's Fun in the Bag Math teaches fractions | Main | Sanza's Slotdisc music player released at end of March »

03. 26. 2009

Sixth Sense is the mother of all wearable computing devices


It can turn your newspaper into live video, project a fully functional phone into your palm and a watch on to your wrist, help you get complete details of an acquaintance that you just met at a party, or even let you know if the product you are looking at in a supermarket is eco-friendly or not. And it isn't called “Sixth Sense” without a reason.

What we are talking about is the wearable computing device which goes by that name and happens to be perhaps the most revolutionary device ever developed in the field of wearable electronics. The product is a result of radical research by MIT Media Lab student Pranav Mistry and his tutor Pattie Maes. It is intended, as Maes states, to create a new "digital sixth sense" for humans and converts any surface to an interactive display screen.

The prototype of this device is essentially the intelligent combination of an ordinary webcam, a projector and a mirror, which are hooked to a web-enabled mobile phone - which keeps the cost of the device at just around $350. The device is worn around the neck and recognizes the wearer’s hand gestures to decipher his needs. So you can capture a photo, store it into your mobile phone and resize it as it is projected on to a wall, all with nothing else but your bare hands. Or get your boarding pass and check the flight status even as you are driving to the airport. The Sixth Sense accomplishes all this with panache, and some more.

Check out Pattie Maes' demo at a recent TED talk (after the jump) to get an idea of just how awesome this device is.

Posted by kanchana    Category: design | devices | wearables
Email this | Comments (0)
Add to: Yahoo Add to: Google Add to: Digg Add to: Del.icio.us Add to: Reddit Add to: StumbleUpon Add to: Technorati

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

Back to Top



Best of Popgadget

We're back!! And where we've been...

Hello! It's been a while, and I'm so happy to say, we are going to be back and better than ever. We will be changing just a little bit- bringing you more frequently updated content, in a somewhat abbreviated...
Read More
Popgadget Recent Comments
Popgadget Steals & Deals
Mom Wants Gadgets for Mother's Day
Trade-in Your Old Electronics
Popgadget Giveaway from American Express! My Life on Points
6-Foot HDMI cable at $3.19 includes shipping
Sony offers some exciting deals for Mother's Day
Unlocked iPhone! Only $599. Or $699.
Got four friends? Take a Peek at this great offer
Green Tech: Eco-fashions priced to move
31 ways to save money on technology from PCWorld
Popgadget Random Images

Where is this image from?
See more random images
On This Day
Take a little stroll down memory lane. See what Popgadget was writing about on this day in 2012 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004