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Today the digital world is as important to us as the physical world. Although various devices connect us to the digital world, there is no link through which integration of these digital devices and the physical world is possible. 

In 1994, Steve Mann invented Sixth sense technology to bridge the gap between intangible digital information and the physical world. It was further developed by Pranav Mistry in 2009.

It provides us with the freedom of interacting with the digital world with hand gestures, making the entire world a computer. 

The unique quality about sixth sense is that it is a single portable economical product with a blend of exquisite technologies.

It associates technology like hand gesture recognition, image capturing, processing and manipulation, etc. It enables us to comprehend information more than our available senses. This technology has seamless applications. It not only allows us to make calls, take pictures and use gestures to sort, organize and resize them but also can be used to collect information on books and can be programmed to create multimedia reading experiences.

We can also make use of the drawing application which lets the user draw on any surface by tracking the fingertip movements of the user. It can help us get product information using image recognition or marker technology.

It also helps in navigation by helping the users in finding their destination by displaying a map. 

Sixth sense technology supports multi-touch and multi-user interaction. It is a cost-effective, portable open-source software which allows data access directly from machines in real-time, therefore making it a user-friendly device that reduces the gap between the physical and digital world.


Tanya Lall


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