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The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology by Pranav Mistry (Transcript)

Pranav Mistry

“As an MIT grad student, Pranav Mistry invented SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data”. –

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We grew up interacting with the physical objects around us. There are an enormous number of them that we use every day. Unlike most of our computing devices, these objects are much more fun to use.

When you talk about objects, one another thing automatically comes attached to that thing, and that is gestures: how we manipulate these objects, how we use these objects in everyday life. We use gestures not only to interact with these objects, but we also use them to interact with each other. Like a gesture of Namaste! maybe, to respect someone, or maybe — in India I don’t need to teach a kid that this means four runs in cricket. It comes as a part of our everyday learning.

So, I am very interested, from the beginning, that how — how can our knowledge about everyday objects and gestures, and how we use these objects, can be leveraged to our interactions with the digital world. Rather than using a keyboard and mouse, why can I not use my computer in the same way that I interact in the physical world?

So, I started this exploration around eight years back, and it literally started with a mouse on my desk. Rather than using that for my computer, I actually opened it. Most of you might be aware that, in those days, the mouse used to come with a ball inside, and there were two rollers that actually guide the computer where the ball is moving, and, accordingly, where the mouse is moving.

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