The Changing Spaces of Reading and Writing

MIT Lab and the “Sixth Sense”

As one of themes of this course relates to technology and information retrieval and storage, I thought I would share this video. The folks at MIT have created a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. The device, based on personal criteria that you input, allows you to interact with an environment and call up relevant information about it, simply by gesturing (e.g. while shopping a hand gesture will bring up information about a particular product). What is controversial about this device is that it makes it easy to infringe on people’s privacy. Filming and photographing can occur by simply moving one’s hand. Also, think about how annoying it is to listen to a multitude of mobile users chat in public spaces – this device allows a user to project and display information on any surface. Imagine, hundreds of people displaying information all over the place at once!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blBohrmyo-I

1 comment


1 Clare Roche { 11.26.09 at 5:56 pm }

I loved the clip, but my students told me that it could lead to a serious invasion of privacy. I then wondered what it would be like in the classroom especially at exam time.

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