Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sensational Talent

Pranav Mistry born in 1981 in Palanpur, India is one of the inventors of SixthSense. He is a research assistant and a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab. SixthSense has recently attracted global attention. Among some of his previous work, Pranav has invented Mouseless - an invisible computer mouse; intelligent sticky notes that can be searched, located and can send reminders and messages; a pen that can draw in 3D; and a public map that can act as Google of physical world. Pranav holds a Master in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and Master of Design from Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay besides his Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from Nirma Institute Of Technology, Ahmedabad. Pranav’s research interests include Ubiquitous computing, Gestural and Tangible Interaction, AI, Augmented reality, Machine vision, Collective intelligence and Robotics.

Sixth Sense was awarded the 2009 Invention Award by Popular Science. Pranav also won Young Innovator Award TR35 by Technology Review. In 2010, he was named to Creativity Magazine's Creativity 50. Mistry has been called "one of ten, best inventors in the world right now" by Chris Anderson.

The promised release of all the code as open source has not happened as of November 2010 and no version of the Sixth Sense products have been produced.


Balu said...

An year back, in a party one of my friend asked me if I had known anything about the “Sixth sense” which Pranav Mistry is talking about. Since this friend discusses more about dualistic spiritualism, I heard it as the “Sixth sense of Prana mystery” and didn’t pursue over the topic much. A day or later she brought the topic back and made me watch. The lesson I learnt then was not to presume and conclude before listening properly.
There is this technology in security camera, known as motion detector. It actually analyses the change in pixels of the image captured continuously to find any movement and then trigger an alarm or sometimes recording.
This guy is actually using the same technology, but here he has to compare the pixels captured with a big database of already fed images or clips.
Voice recognition technology is a better input in digital world, however combination of voice recognition and visual recognition would yield mind blowing solutions.

Vaishnavi said...

the funny part is, he has not lived up to his proclamation as yet. he has not made the resources available to the public yet.