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The Best of TED: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

By Brian | June 5, 2010 | Share on Facebook

Here’s another installment of my Best of TED series, in which I share talks from the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference that have struck me over the years as particularly insightful or fascinating.

Today’s installment is a demonstration by Pranav Mistry, a PhD student at MIT, and inventor of what he calls “SixthSense” technology. This is wearable technology. Not in the sense that you can clip your iPhone onto your belt loop. This is stuff that will display a clock face on your wrist when you tap on it, so you don’t have to wear a watch, or recognize an airline ticket when you look at it and display the on-time status of the flight right on the ticket.

I’ll admit to being a gadget geek, but I can’t imagine anyone watching this and not thinking it is simply the coolest invention they’ve ever seen. Trust me – you won’t regret watching this one (and if you start to doubt me, give him until at least 5:30 or so, when he stops talking about the things he invented years ago that led him to today’s ideas, and starts demoing his latest stuff). I promise – this is even cooler than the iPad:

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