Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Wearable Computer Interface

We have seen the Surface computer where you can move things around on the table-top screen with touch-sensitivity; have seen Tom Cruise using a gestural interface in Minority Report; and saw an imagined depiction of newspapers with moving images in a Harry Potter film but, at the TED conference in February 2009, Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry (right) from MIT's Media Lab, demonstrated an actual working device with a miniature projector that paves the way for an interface that is in a wearable unit the size of a cell phone that doesn't rely on any special surface or screen. Imagine "Minority Report", Harry Potter's newspaper, and the Surface computer without a touch screen or electronic paper. It's called the "Sixth Sense".

At the MIT Media Lab's new Fluid Interfaces Group, Pattie Maes researches the tools we use to work with information and connect with one another. Pranav Mistry is the genius behind Sixth Sense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. You use hand gestures to manipulate data and can use any surface (even your own hand) as the "screen" (left).

Click on the heading above to see the video of Patti Maes and Pranav Mistry demonstrating the prototype of this interface of the future .

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