6th Sense Technology


This post is not going to tell you about some extraordinary person who can forecast things, but what we would like to share here is a technology which connects us to another sense beyond what we can touch or feel, 6th Sense is a wearable gestural interface developed by an Indian, Mr Pranav Mistry, currently a Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab ( to know more about Pranav : http://www.pranavmistry.com/).

The device augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. Pranav has released this technology as open-source. The prototype consists of :

  • a pocket projector
  • a mirror
  • a camera

The components are coupled to the wearable device, projector and camera is connected to the mobile computing device in the user’s pocket which will act as an information hub from all over the world. The projector projects to the surface around us, while the camera tracks the user’s gestures and physical objects using computer vision-based techniques says Pranav.

This technology will provide you any information, from any place, connecting the real world with the virtual world. In the real life, user can use it to take accurate information about anything in the world, it will provide us a walking database. The device also provides a map application, which the user can navigate using gestures, and the drawing application lets the user to draw on any surface with his fingers .

You can draw your needs on the surfaces nearby and the device will show you what you need. For eg., a circle drawn on the user’s wrist will indicate a wristwatch.



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