Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

TED: The potential of SixthSense technology

Signal-boosting for the most interesting video I've seen lately: Pranav Mistry exploring the potential of the SixthSense system.

TED is an increasingly-influential series of conferences about the cutting edge -- of tech and other things -- and often has cool ideas, but this one's exceptional, less for the technology actually shown and more for the ideas in it. The high concept is that there has been a lot of work done for bringing real-world objects into the digital realm, but not enough for going the other way. He shows some demos -- I suspect semi-rigged, but still provocative as all get out -- for how to build a cheap system that makes the digital and real worlds really interactive. The key idea is that, by combining a portable camera and projector, you can really start blurring the lines.

The tech itself is homebrew and a little hokey, but those with a sense of technology history will remember that most technological revolutions start that way. I think he's on to something here, and it'll be interesting to see where it evolves...

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