“SixthSense” is a wearable interface that connects the physical world around us with digital information.
“It projects information onto surfaces, walls, and physical objects around us, and lets us interact with the projected information through natural hand gestures, arm movements, or our interaction with the object itself.”
The device, now known as the Sixth Sense Device, is a pendant consisting of a small camera and portable projection system with a mirror. It was invented by Pranav Mistry, a PhD research student at MIT. Simply by making gestures with one’s fingers, one can use any interface as a computer display. It allows the user to employ just about any surface as the interface between the physical and digital worlds.
Mistry developed SixthSense in less than five months, and it costs under $350 to build. The system can easily be made wireless, he says.
The wearable device with a projector demo — from Pattie Maes‘ lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry — was the buzz of TED. It paves the way for profound interaction with our environment.
TED: Pattie Mays