INTRODUCTION Although miniaturized versions of computers help us to connect to the digital world even while we are travelling there aren’t any device as of now which gives a direct link between the digital world and our physical interaction with the real world. Usually the information’s are stored traditionally on a paper or a digital storage device. Sixth sense technology helps to bridge this gap between tangible and non-tangible world. Sixth Sense is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.
Sixth Sense sees what you see and visually augments any surfaces or objects we are interacting with. It projects information onto surfaces, walls, and physical objects around us, and lets us interact with the projected information through natural hand gestures, arm movements, or our interaction with the object itself. To a layman, it would be something supernatural. Some might just consider it to be a superstition or something psychological. But the invention of sixth sense technology has completely shocked the world. Although it is not widely known as of now but the time is not far when this technology will change our perception of the world.
INVENTOR OF TECHNOLOGY• Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data.• Pranav Mistry is a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MITs Media Lab. Before his studies at MIT, he worked with Microsoft as a UX researcher; hes a graduate of IIT. Mistry is passionate about integrating the digital informational experience with our real-world interactions.
WHY SIXTH SENSE?All of us are aware of the five basic senses –seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting and hearing. But there is also anothersense called the sixth sense. It is basically a connection to somethinggreater than what their physical senses are able to perceive
COMPONENTSThe hardware components are coupled in a pendant like mobile wearabledevice. Camera Projector Mirror Mobile Component Colored Markers
Camera Captures an object in view and tracks the user’s hand gestures It sends the data to smart phone It acts as a digital eye, connecting you to the world of digital information
Projector The projector projects visual information enabling surfaces and physical objects to be used as interfaces The project itself contains a battery inside, with 3 hours of battery life. A tiny LED projector displays data sent from the smart phone on any surface in view–object, wall, or person.
Mirror MIRROR The usage of the mirror is significant as the projector dangles pointing downwards from the neck. Smart Phone A Web-enabled smart phone in the user’s pocket processes the video data Other software searches the Web and interprets the hand gestures
Color Markers It is at the tip of the user’s fingers . Marking the user’s fingers with red, yellow, green, and blue tape helps the webcam recognize gestures The movements and arrangements of these makers are interpreted into gestures that act as interaction instructions for the projected application interfaces.
HOW IT WORKS? Send for processing capture Images Pictures GesturesSend Info Reflect on Project image desired surface Info on surface
Cont… The hardware that makes Sixth Sense work is a pendant like mobile wearable interface It has a camera, a mirror and a projector and is connected wirelessly to a bluetooth smart phone that can slip comfortably into one’s pocket The camera recognizes individuals, images, pictures, gestures one makes with their hands Information is sent to the Smartphone for processing The downward-facing projector projects the output image on to the mirror Mirror reflects image on to the desired surface Thus, digital information is freed from its confines and placed in the physical world
GESTURES: The software recognizes three kinds of gestures: Multi-Touch Gestures: Like the ones we see in the iphone-where we touch the screen and make the map move by pinching and dragging. Freehand Gestures: Like when you take a picture or Namaste gesture to start the projection on the wall. ICONIC Gestures: Drawing a icon in the air. Like, whenever we draw a star, shows us the weather details. When we draw a magnifying glass, shows us the map.
Make a callYou can use the Sixth Sense to project akeypad onto your hand, then use that virtualkeypad to make a call. Call up a map With the map application we can call upthe map of our choice and then use thumbsand index fingers to navigate the map
Check the time Draw a circle on your wrist to geta virtual watch that gives you thecorrect timeCreate multimedia reading experiencesSixth Sense can be programmed to projectrelated videos onto newspaper articles youare reading
Drawing applicationThe drawing application lets the user drawon any surface by tracking the fingertipmovements of the user’s index finger Zooming features The user can zoom in or zoom out using intuitive hand movements
Get product information Sixth Sense uses image recognition ormarker technology to recognize productswe pick up, then feeds us information onthose products Get book information The system can project Amazon ratings on that book, as well as reviews and other relevant information
Get flight updates The system will recognize your boarding pass and let you know whether your flight is on time and if the gate has changed. Feed information on people The system will project relevant informationabout a person such as what they do, where theywork, and so on.
Take pictures If you fashion your index fingersand thumbs into a square("framing" gesture), the systemwill snap a photo.After taking the desired number ofphotos, we can project them onto asurface, and use gestures to sortthrough the photos, and organizeand resize them.
ADVANTAGESPortableSupports multi-touch and multi-user interactionConnectedness between world and informationCost effectiveData access directly from machine in real timeMind map the idea anywhereIt is an open source
CONCLUSIONSixth Sense recognizes the objects around us, displaying informationautomatically and letting us to access it in any way we needThe Sixth Sense prototype implements several applications that demonstrate theusefulness, viability and flexibility of the systemAllowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gesturesThe potential of becoming the ultimate "transparent" user interface foraccessing information about everything around us