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Amazing Pranav Mistry: Thrilling Potential of SixthSense technology

From TEDIndia: Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.”


More amazingly, at the end of the video during the Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to allow others to work on the technology and realize its full potential. Verily, bring it to the masses! How very bold! MIT intellectual property personnel are groaning.

Several questions come to mind:

  • What are the challenges to bringing this to the masses?
  • Where do you think such a technology is most likely to be deployed first?
  • Will Mr Mistry himself benefit from this, or will it be the next tier of technology companies that will profit most?
  • Why did it take a kid from India, doing graduate work at MIT, to develop this?
  • Why didn’t a company like Microsoft, with billions of dollars of R&D funding, not come up with this?
  • And finally, how do we leverage this to help bring clean water to kids, or provide a decent education to girls in rural India?
  • What questions do you have?

In the video, Mr Mistry talks about kicking around a virtual ball on the floor of the Boston Red-line! One of these days, I hope to see him on the Red-Line! Yaay!


Here is the TED talk by Pattie Maes of MIT’s Media Lab, where Pranav is developing this technology. Pattie was kind enough to give credit to Pranav and did not try to hog all the credit. But she did want to be the first to ‘unveil’ this technology. She should have afforded that right to Pranav Mistry. Thanks to Sue (see comment below) for the link to this video.

Comments

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  2. Cindy Patrick says:

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  3. Sanjuana Wedderspoon says:

    snappy little title, Hehe

  4. The original Ted video when Mistry’s boss presented (and she speaks better than him) was much impressive. Looks like he just repeated the same things at TedIndia. I hope this gets used for some good things in India.
    The biggest concern of course will be abuse of such powerful tech. What will it mean for privacy issues or identity theft?

    • Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
      Can you please find me a link to her presentation. And I am not surprised. It is clearly Pranav’s concept and development and as is routinely the case, the advisor will present the work. And with her experience, it will definitely appear more polished. But she did the right thing and let Pranav take the spotlight at TEDIndia.

      You are right, privacy issues are a big deal with all social media interactions such as Facebook, blogs and twitter; we will just have to deal with it as we go forward. Ditto for identity theft.
      Thanks for sharing and
      Wishing you a wonderful New year!
      Arun

  5. Poornima Prabhu says:

    Came across this video some days ago… I found his website on internet… http://www.pranavmistry.com

    The sixth sense is not new to us (thanks some movies)… It is nice to know that an Indian has given it a technological meaning. Makes me proud :)…

    • Poornima:
      Thank you for sharing his website. Very interesting.
      Yes, I had seen this right when TEDIndia happened. Now realized, some friends still did NOT know about sixth sense. Thus the impetus to post.

      Yes, good to see him take this concept far.
      Hope you are enjoying your holidays.
      Best
      Arun

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