Ted Talks India – Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

A man holds his hands in front of cellphone-sized pendant with a shining blue light. His fingertips are painted in different colors.

Uploaded on Nov 18, 2009
At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

About Sixth Sense Technology

SixthSense is a gestural interface device comprising a neck-worn pendant that contains both a data projector and camera. Head-Worn versions were also built at MIT Media Lab in 1997 that combined cameras and illumination systems for interactive photographic art, and also included gesture recognition (e.g. finger-tracking using colored tape on the fingers).[2]

SixthSense is a name for extra information supplied by a wearable computer, such as the device called “WuW” (Wear Your World) by Pranav Mistry et al., building on the concept of the Telepointer, a neck-worn projector and camera combination first proposed and reduced to practice by MIT Media Labstudent Steve Mann.[3][4]

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