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.
Steve Mann is considered as the father of Sixth
Sense Technology who made wearable computer
in 1990. He implemented the Sixth Sense
Technology as the neck worn projector with a
camera system (which Mann originally referred to
as “Synthetic Synesthesia of the Sixth Sense”).
3. THEN HIS WORK WAS CARRIED FORWARD BY PRANAV MISTRY (PH.D
STUDENT IN THE FLUID INTERFACES GROUP AT THE MIT MEDIA LAB).
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
6. 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
The usage of the mirror is significant as the projector dangles
pointing downwards from the neck.
A Web-enabled smart phone in the user’s pocket processes the video
Other software searches the Web and interprets the hand gestures
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
A tiny LED projector displays data sent from the smart phone on
any surface in view–object, wall, or person.
Viewing Map Taking Pictures Drawing Application
Making Calls Interacting with physical
11. Make a call
You can use the Sixth Sense
to project a keypad onto your
hand, then use that virtual
keypad to make a call.
Call up a map
With the map application we
can call up the map of our
choice and then use thumbs
and index fingers to navigate
12. Check the time
Draw a circle on your wrist to
get a virtual watch that gives
you the correct time
Sixth Sense can be
programmed to project related
videos onto newspaper
articles you are reading
13. 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
The system will project relevant
information about a person such
as what they do, where they
work, and so on.
14. Take pictures
If you fashion your index fingers
and thumbs into a square
("framing" gesture), the system
will snap a photo.
After taking the desired number
of photos, we can project them
onto a surface, and use gestures to
sort through the photos, and
organize and resize them.
15. Drawing application
The drawing application lets
the user draw on any surface
by tracking the fingertip
movements of the user’s index
The user can zoom in or zoom
out using intuitive hand
16. Get product information
Sixth Sense uses image
recognition or marker
technology to recognize
products we pick up, then feeds
us information on those
Get book information
The system can project Amazon
ratings on that book, as well as
reviews and other relevant
Support Multi touch and Multi user interaction
Data access directly from the machines in real time
Mind map the idea anywhere
Open Source Software
Hardware limitations of the devices, that we
currently carry around with us.
For example many phones will not allow the
external camera feed to be manipulated in real
Post processing can occur however.
Sixth Sense recognizes the objects around us, displaying
information automatically and letting us to access it in any
way we need.
The Sixth Sense prototype implements several applications
that demonstrate the usefulness, viability and flexibility of
The potential of becoming the ultimate "transparent" user
interface for accessing information about everything
Allowing us to interact with this information via natural
21. FUTURE ENHANCEMENTS
To get rid of color markers.
To incorporate camera and projector inside
mobile computing device.
To have 3D gesture tracking.
To make Sixth Sense work as fifth Sense for
3. P. Mistry, P. Maes. Sixth Sense – A Wearable Gestural Interface. To be
appeared in SIGGRAPH Asia 2009, Emerging Technologies. Yokohama,
4. P. Mistry. The thrilling potential of Sixth Sense technology TED India 2009.
5. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org Rao, S.S.;
Electron. & Commun. Eng., Anna Univ. of Technol., Coimbatore, India This
paper appears in: Communication and Computational Intelligence
(INCOCCI), 2010 International Conference on
Issue Date: 27-29 Dec. 2010
On page(s): 336 - 339
References Cited: 11
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Date of Current Version: 24 March 2011
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Notas del editor
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.It was developed by Pranav Mistry, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab.SixthSense comprises a pocket projector, a mirror and a camera. The hardware components are coupled in a pendant like mobile wearable device
In this paper, I would like to acknowledge Mr. PranavMistry for thegreat and deep research work he has done in this field.
Camera: tracks the movement of the colored markers using movement algorithms.Colored Markers: Red, blue, green, and yellow tape worn on the users fingertips for tracking purposes.Projector: Projects stored data onto most any surface.Smart phone: needed for internet connection and computing power
The Sixth Sense technology contains a pocket projector, a mirror and a camera contained in a pendant-like, wearable device. Both the projector the camera and sensors are connected to a mobile computing device in the user’s pocket. The projector projects visual information enabling surfaces, walls and physical objects around us to be used as interfaces; while the camera recognizes and tracks users' hand gestures and physical objects using computer-vision based techniques.
Recognizes hand movementsExamples from online demonstrations:Make frame with hands: camera takes pictureGoogle map onto wallDraw circle on wrist: projects digital clockMovement of text book/web info onto pageAirline ticket updatesDraw @ symbol: check email for youMany more capabilities (it’s on youtube or TED website)