From MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group comes Sixth Sense, “a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data”.
This video is worth the eight minutes.
There are some interesting comments on the TED blog post about this, with some proclaiming it’s Big Brotherish, some saying it will never work, and others asking what is the point.
The point is, technology is advancing at an inconceivable pace. The amount of data already out there is staggering, and accessing that data is getting easier by the day. If you don’t think information and access to that information is life changing, you may want to step out from under your rock.
One commenter claimed “high speed internet isn’t fast enough for something like this”.
What, you think that isn’t going to change in the next 1, 5, 10, 20 years? Heck, the Internet as we know it didn’t even exist 20 years ago. In the mid 80s, I fired up a 4.77 megahertz PC with 640K of memory and a 10 meg hard drive and logged onto Compuserve with a 300 baud dial up modem. I can read faster than 300 baud can deliver text. In high school, we used an acoustic coupler to connect a terminal to a mainframe and stored stuff on punched tape. In my freshman year in college I wrote simple programs in FORTRAN and carried around a box of punch cards. (I still remember dropping that box full of cards and watching my program blow down Guadalupe Street in Austin. Where the hell were thumb drives then? Or even floppy disks?)
OK, so maybe at 48 years old, I’m a fossil.
Fossilized or not, I can see that technology is changing the world as we know if. If you have kids, watch how they use and interact with PCs, gaming consoles, and the like. Think about what they know at their age compared to what you knew at the same age. Think about what a device like MITs Sixth Sense could do.
It’s mind boggling.