This is simply an incredible video. If you have about 10 minutes I suggest you go grab a beverage and sit back and watch the future of mobile technology unfold.
Pattie Maes’ lab at MIT has created a wearable device with a projector that acts as a “sixth sense”. Essentially, Maes describes this as “a sense that would give us seamless access and easy access to meta information, or information that may exist somewhere that may be relevant to help us make the right decision about whatever it is we are coming across.” Her group called “The Media Lab” have developed a series of inventions to give us access to this information in an easy way without requiring the user to change any of their behavior… the result is a product that currently uses products that are available in today’s market with a retail value of $350 (camera, mirror, coloured caps, cellphone and projector).
So what does all this mean? Well, soon you’ll be able to walk up to any surface (including your hand) and display information via your cellphone. Take for example a book you are looking to purchase, all you have to do is point your fingers and the camera to the cover and it will bring up reader reviews instantaneously. Curious what time it is? All you will have to do is draw a circle on your wrist and the time will appear. Wondering what the most eco-friendly toilet paper is? Point your finger to the texture part of the paper and information is gathered based on your preferences and gives you green light to assist you in the best purchase.
Curious? Confused? Best to watch this video (It gets really good around the 4-minute mark):