MIT Students Develop Sixth Sense Wearable Gadget

Posted Apr 15, 2009

A couple of MIT geniuses have put together a gesture-based project at the Media Lab. The Fluid Interfaces Group within the Media Labs developed a wearable computing device that feeds you information based on what you are looking at. For example, the above video shows a student looking at a book and it automatically pulls up the reviews. The project is called the Sixth Sense and it was built with about $350 worth of goods.

The team used a web cam, a battery-powered projector with a small mirror. There is also a necklace that communicates with a cell phone to pull the information for the goods that are looked at. The Sixth Sense gadget was put together by Fluid Interfaces Group founder and MIT associate professor Pattie Maes along with MIT grad student Pranav Mistry.

There are many everyday uses for the Sixth Sense. Using the gadget you can make phone calls by projecting a keypad on your hand. Maps can be called up on a wall and you can zoom in and zoom out as well as pan around. By gesturing a square, you can take a picture and project them onto other surfaces. Reading experiences can be enhanced by calling related videos to an article or book that you are reading. Flight status updates and gate change announcements can be called up by having the system recognize your airline boarding pass. The limits are endless with the Sixth Sense.

[via Engadget/PCW]