Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Will the future bring us a SixthSense?

Yesterday I watched a video that really sparked my interest. It was a TED Talk by Pattie Maes and Pranav Minstry in which they unveiled a new device that could change the way we interact with the world. This device, SixthSense, is a wearable technology that uses a camera and projector to process information in the environment and give you nearly instant access to metadata. This device can allow you to get information or reviews about products at a store, project an interactive phone keypad on any surface, even your hand, and possibly even give you data about the people you meet. Sixth Sense, although currently a work in progress and quite bulky to wear around your neck, only costs $350 to manufacture.

Check out the video below or click here.

SixthSense also reminded me of Glass by Corning. Glass is a flexible, interactive screen that can essentially be built into any surface. It can be built into mirrors, counters, fridges, cars, and can be mobile with an ultra-thin, transparent cellphone- or tablet-like device. While the demo videos by Corning are certainly exciting and innovative, it's hard to say whether A Day Made of Glass can be a reality, at least in the foreseeable future. I had a hard time finding anything about if this technology is a real possibility or simply a company's fantasy, but it's an amazing idea nonetheless. 

Check out A Day Made of Glass below, or take a look at Corning's website.

I am beyond excited for the possibilities that technologies like this could mean for our lives, and more specifically, education. It's hard to say how soon these types of technology could be available for the public, and it will likely be longer until they can be integrated into education. I'm confident that greater minds than mine are working hard to make these a reality, and I certainly hope that I'm still teaching when they are!

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