Sixsense coming to a Nokia near you?

| May 27, 2009 | 8 Replies

Every now and again, I blog about something that’s not strictly Nokia related, but is indirectly connected as it’s usually something I’d like to see Nokia implement or take inspiration from.

See a nice scene? Without having to whip out your camera/phone, just for a frame with your hand and the picture is taken. Just one of the features possible with a device that anticipates exactly what you want your gadget to do.

Just over a month ago, I found a BBC article about M.I.T.’s new gesture interface project: Sixth Sense.

You can read it here: SixthSense gesture interface: Real life is the new screen.

No – it’s not about seeing dead people.

The core of the idea is that instead of being limited to interacting with a phone screen, your phone will know intuitively what you’re doing, say grocery shopping or taking a photo, and instinctively know to project an image containing details of that grocery item or snap a picture – all without having to manually instruct the phone to do so.

This is great because there’s no more wading through menus; your phone anticipates what you are about to do (hence Sixth Sense) and acts appropriately, merging your experience with technoligical gadgets with real life.

Surprisingly, over at Nokia Conversations, it appears that Nokia HAVE actually been exploring a “Sixth Sense” concept, again where you aren’t “trapped looking at a screen” but instead are freed “from the complexity of technology to let you look up and enjoy the world around you”.

How soon will we see such a thing from Nokia? Most definitely not anytime soon, but it’s still great to know Nokia are actually considering such a bold, and quite revolutionary concept.


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