Sixth Sense At The Price Of A Cellphone

It’s been well named. Till now, it existed in the realms of the imagination – some believed in it, some didn’t. Today, it stands for a device that brings together the physical world and the world of digital information. SixthSense is a wearable device that enables you to have the whole world of digital information at your fingertips – literally!


Image from:http://www.pranavmistry.com/projects/sixthsense/
Image from:http://www.pranavmistry.com/projects/sixthsense/

You can take a look at what Pranav Mistry from MIT has to say about his wonderful invention on his website. He’s 28 years old and as his professor Pattie Maes will tell you, he hasn’t slept too much the past few months. And what he has for us is something quite out of this world. Right now, the whole contraption might be a trifle crude and bulky but it looks like very soon, this device could become small enough to be an implant and maybe we’ll all be walking, talking SixthSensers!

What SixthSense effectively does is make the intangible world of digital information a part of the tangible world we know. Till now, digital information was confined to the screen or paper, if you printed that information out. This sets information free and the whole world is your screen or personal computer.

It’s been classified under the category ‘wearable computing’ and it combines a camera, a projector and a mirror into a mobile so you can take pictures of anything you want, you can project anything you want onto any surface around you and you can access digital information – all by using your fingers which have colour coded attachments on the thumb and the index finger. The projector can even project a keyboard for you to type your emails on – and email accessibility is just an ‘@’ sign away! Instructions can be done by drawing icons in the air with your finger. A circle on your wrist shows up a watch and a magnifying glass brings up the map application.

All this at a prototype cost of $350. Little wonder that all the giants in the digital world are interested – from Microsoft to Google to Samsung and HP.

 

I was in the middle of writing this hub when a forward popped into my mailbox. It was from my friend, Feline Prophet and this is the video link that she sent me. Sixth sense or what?

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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

I was waiting for this Shal! It's truly amazing...when I saw the video I thought it was right up your street, and there you were, in the middle of writing this very hub!

Meanwhile the mind boggles at what technology has in store for us.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

If it hadn't been for you, that video wouldn't have been up FP - so thanks :)


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Shalini

I have heard of it and Constant has a video from TED(?). It was developed by an Indian guy and I'm not sure if he is the same guy you mentioned above.

It had me in awe when I saw it. I mean what's next? :D


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Yes, Cris - has Constant got a hub on it? I 'Searched' for it before I posted but it didn't come up with anything so I went ahead - oh shucks! Yes, it's got to be the same - I agree - technology is really racing ahead, isn't it? Thanks as always for reading!


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SiddSingh 7 years ago

Hi Shalini,

Thanks for digging out this story. It gives the phrase "technology at your fingertips" a whole new (and spooky) meaning.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Shalini

No it's not a hub. Just a link he provided in one of our discussions. Here it is:

http://i.gizmodo.com/5167790/sixth-sense-technolog...


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Hi Sidd - doesn't it just???!!! Incredible, I thought!

Cris - thanks for the link - thought for a moment there that I might just have had one hub too many on the same topic!


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Abhishek87 7 years ago from India

Wow !! So can I get it for $350 or is it only for the giants for now ? :)

Oh, thanks for the great info as always ..


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Shalini

Come to think of it, i never do that. Checking if my topic of choice has been hubbed about, Good thing I have loyal fans! LOL :D


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

That's only the prototype Abhishek - might be much less I guess - hopefully :)

Ah Cris - but then all your hubs are so unique, you need never worry :D - now THAT's why you have loyal fans!


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phoenixritu 7 years ago from India

This is awesome! I am a spook and esp freak so this development just might be another nail in the coffin for chill thrills of the spook variety - sigh! Well ghost in www, here I come


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Wow, I get chills, so much progress, and I had not heard of this. Thanks for sharing! And yes, you and Feline Prophet were connected!  


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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

That video's pretty amazing and it's hard to believe the technology only costs $350, you can just imagine that when it's all properly packaged and refined that someone is going to make a lot of money from this because everyone will want it.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Hi Ritu - yes, this gave me goosebumps! Thanks for reading!

VioletSun - thanks for your comments - yes, progress seems to be on the fast track. I'm sure we were connected in some way - that forward came in bang in the middle of me writing the hub!

Hi BrianS - Merci - as always for coming by. One wonders if economies of scale will operate and it will be mass produced or whether it will be a high end 'toy'!


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Abhishek87 7 years ago from India

Ok.... But is it available already?


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

No Abhishek - guess one of these biggies will buy the rights and manufacture it.


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Pete Maida 7 years ago

This is just awesome. The idea of information about me showing up when I say hello to someone is a bit unsettling. The problem is it will find any rotten thing some wrote about you on web as easily as your general information. Also I wonder about it beng used by others to track your movements since it seems you would be in constant contact with the web. It is the future and it will happen; privacy issues will not hold it back.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Brilliant -- I love stuff like this, and I suspect it will be ubiquitous sooner rather than later. Great hub, thanks.


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thanks so much for informing us. I had no idea! Aside from the "sixth sense" concept, this invention must be the ultimate in instant gratification...how often do we see think of something that we want to research, make a mental note of the thought, only to power up the laptop or pc later, and the mental note is gone. This device gets rid of the need for making any kind of note, mental or paper, that is, if it works in the shower, too. The implications of this invention are more than chilling.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Hi Pete - thanks for reading - I see your point - while we are usually gung-ho about any advancement in technology, there's always the other side - could it be used for things other than good?

Teresa - thanks - so do I! Oh yes, it's quite likely that very soon this too will be passe!

Thank you Sally for reading. I do that all the time - think of something to look up and promptly forget when the computer is switched on!


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

It's quite amazing. As an avid science fiction fan I realized a long time ago that pretty much anything that can be imagined can be made real. Much of what the scifi masters wrote has inspired the scientific community.

This looks like it could be a bit of personal technology that would bring about more human contact rather than less like the the ipods and blue tooth types have done. Hard to tell with such limited information but I'd guess that this thing will take of very quickly. I'd say it would fit right in with Macintosh. But then, I'm not a real technofanatic and don't really keep up with the gadget mania.


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Awesome! Reminds me of Minority Report!


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orange 7 years ago from Kochi

looks like "Minority report" really inspired!

cool


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Shalini, thanks for introducing me to this product concept. It sounds like something that might be really useful for Project Bow.


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

How fantastic Shalini! When I was a child growing up we didn't even have a phone at home. Now every one has one in their pockets. Similarly, I well remember black and white TV, and how things changed so dramatically when colour TV became available. As ColdWarBaby says, pretty much anything we can dream up will be available eventually. Thanks for giving us this glimpse of the future.


Kiruba Harris 7 years ago

What can I say except WOW to the inventor and WOW future generations. We are achieving extraterrestrial abilities !!!!!!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Hi CWB - yes, I remember when I used to devour those sci-fi books too and it all seemed so much on another plane! And now we have the technology that we dreamed of at our fingertips - amazing isn't it?

Elena and orange - I loved that movie - and I have to confess, I'm a Colin Farrell fan. Yes, shades of Minority Report all right!

Aya - if it could help wouldn't that be wonderful? It really would be a revolution in communication, wouldn't it?

Hi Amanda - always nice to see you :) Oh yes, I remember it well! I guess our generation has seen so much change, it's mind boggling!

K - yes, WOW is the word for it!

Thanks all for being kind enough to come by and read :)


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Thanks for the 'heads up'! I have never heard of this, sweet! The only thing missing from it is the abiity to travel through time and space.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Yes - then we will be living all those sci-fi books one devoured years ago! Thanks for coming by AIDY!


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danjutsu 7 years ago from UK

Wow. I have been talking about how the next step could be made and this is as close to what I imagined as it gets. Fantastic.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Thank you danjutsu for reading! Yes, the possibilities seem endless, don't they?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Wow! Stunning. This is really impressive technology. Gosh, where will it all end (and I mean that in a good way - mostly). I remember reading the book "The Media Lab" in the seventies, which detailed the remarkable things they were developing and achieving success on. I was most impressed then...and I am most impressed now.

Thanks you, Shal, for bringing us this exiting information!


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The Captain 7 years ago from The Caribbean

Shiver me timbers! I kin see many uses for this witches creation in me piracy. Why, it could tell me what kind of booty was on a Frenchie merchant vessel afore I plundered it, or mebbe even the violent history of the vile Blackbeard afore I ran him through the gizzard with me sabre!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Hey Christoph - you took the words out of my mouth - where will it end? I haven't read that book - but the pace at which technology is racing ahead is crazy isn't it?

The Captain - Avast ye Cap’n – that there technology might be great but can you teach an old sea dog new tricks?

And a cat o’ nine tails might be a better way to teach that blaggard a lesson :D


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

Shal--This is WAY cool. I doubt there will be many initial takers, however...unless the marketing can be done well. Especially for us silly Americans..we're reistant to change. Screw casette tape, I've my 8-track! ;)

BTW, you might be interested in this fascinating book: http://www.amazon.com/Me-Cyborg-Self-Networked-Cit... Me ++ The Cyborg Self and the Networked City is an awesome look at how we're already all interconnected...how we are all, in some small way, "cyborgs." Its done in such a great way, I can't praise it enough.

Sincerely,

G|M


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Hey G|M - my husband still has his 8-track, his vinyls and turntable and goodness knows what else from the Neanderthal age when it comes to music :D

Thanks for that link - the book sounds very interesting!


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ratcliffe07 7 years ago

wow...this is very interesting. I don't know about implanting anything like that into myself, but otherwise the technology is wow. Technology is turning over so fast. It seems like the newest gadget just comes out and we think there can be nothing better and then three weeks later something way better comes out...it is fascinating. Thanks for the hub!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

I find myself marvelling at and at the same time being a bit scared at how fast technology is going too. Thanks for stopping by :)


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JessicaWebber 7 years ago from Broken Arrow

It's nice topic very interesting.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Thanks for reading Jessica!


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quicksand 7 years ago

Hi Shal, this one is very interesting indeed. How come I missed it? Maybe I was not looking in the right direction. Cheers. :)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Cheers quicksand and thanks for reading!


irfan khan 6 years ago

hi

i want to get it, so how i get and what's the price of this plz sens me full information how to buy it.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

I don't think it has been made commercially available as yet Irfan.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

hiya, I came over to see this, because I had written about the Wand, the new Remote control, and Daniel V said to take a look at this guy, so I wasn't sure whether to write about him or not, then I found this hub. What an amazing guy. Thanks for the hub, it just confirmed to me that he is real! i thought it was a joke. Cheers Nell


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Hi Nell - thanks for reading and for becoming a fan! Isn't it amazing what strides technology is taking?


Abbas 6 years ago

aaaaaaaawwwesome maan . what's the price of the superb technology ill buy it as soon as it enters the market


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Hi Abbas - I don't think it is available as yet in the stores - soon, I hope!


goutham sharma 5 years ago

@shalini..

i like your response to our comments...

do you have any idea of when this product is going to be released in the market???


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Hi Goutham - I wish I knew! What an amazing idea, right? Thanks for reading!


vishal kale 5 years ago

i like technology.


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

So do I, Vishal.


Monik 4 years ago

Hey I know that when will this device will be available in India ? And what will be the cost?


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

Don't know, Monik - let's hope it's soon!


Mbizi Christel Marlan 4 years ago

I'm tremendously intrigued about the 6th sense technology that I just watched on the TED's event, and I would like to congratulate the genius beyond this technology, but I wonder whether that device is widely on the market. If so I would like to have one, this is extremely amazing!!!


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

You can contact him through his website, Mbizi :)


jonathan 4 years ago

How do i get one


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

You'll have to get in touch with him through his website.


satendra singh 4 years ago

the hole world our hand n we can do solve any problem anywhere any time..... i like it so much and i wanna purchase this technology.....


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

You could try on his website :)


megha 3 years ago

its just wowww.........


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Shalini Kagal 3 years ago from India Author

It is, isn't it?

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