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MIT's Sixth Sense

The Fluid Interfaces research group at MIT has developed a wearable, ultra-portable personal computer. This combination of a webcam, smartphone and a battery powered pico projector can turn any surface into a gesture-controlled touch screen.

Hand gestures can be used to take pictures (draw a frame around a scene), project the time (make a circle with a finger) or check e-mail (draw an @ sign in the air). The camera can be used to create, a ubiquitous, highly aware and tangible environment. The smart-phone taps into the all-knowing internet and returns information on the current surroundings of the user/wearer. It's like is having the entire world as your computer.

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Pattie Maes, (MIT)
Pranav Mistry, (MIT)


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