Meet the “Six Sense” Device: Augmented Reality MIT style

This week at TED, on the very stage where Bill Gates unleashed mosquitos into the audience to make a point about the need to cure Malaria, an MIT researcher, Patty Maes, unveiled a “six sense” device.

Maes demonstrated a portable device constructed out of commercial of the shelf products such as a web camera, pocket projector, and a cell phone.

What kind of “six sense” feats can it achieve?

Yahoo Tech captured the new ways to interact with the world made possible with this device:

  • turn any surface into a touch-screen for computing, controlled by simple hand gestures
  • take photographs by framing a scene with your hands
  • project a watch face by creating a circle on your wrist with your finger
  • recognize items on store shelves and provide personalized recommendations
  • look at an airplane ticket and know whether the flight is on time
  • project information about a book while browsing at a store
  • recognize articles in newspapers, retrieve the latest related stories or video from the Internet and play them on pages

Augmented reality enthusiasts would immediately recognize these fantastic ideas. Whether you use cell phones, goggles, or a projectors to view the added information – it’s a whole new way to interact with the world.

Now we have to wait patiently until TED uploads the video. ***update*** see videos below.

Last year cellphones took center stage in spearheading augmented reality into the main stream. Out of the blue comes this spatial augmented reality cobbled-together-device and takes the spot light.

Oliver Bimber is not surprised. He’s been leading that school of thought for a while and even wrote a book about it: Spatial Augmented Reality: Merging Real and Virtual Worlds

So what’s the total?

“Six sense” device: $300

Interacting with the world in a totally new way: priceless…

ETA: 2019


Andy Baio just tipped me off that Wired posted up these videos – thanks Andy!

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