Amanda Shoults and Niki Huffman
THE SIXTH SENSE
WHAT IS IT?!
The Sixth Sense technology is a “wearable gestural interface
that augments the physical world around us with digital
information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact
with that information.”
This means that we are making more and more progress to blur the lines
between reality and technology. The Sixth Sense technology is a wearable
headset that allows us to have greater access to a huge amount of technology.
This is all, quite literally, at our fingertips.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We access this technology through colored pads that are
placed around the fingertips. Each color corresponds to a
different function that the pads do. A neckpiece, shown, is
worn around the neck that has a camera and a projector to
project images virtually everywhere.
The Sixth Sense is not merely for business use. Everyday citizens can use the
technology for virtually anything. The technology means to replace cell
phones by allowing us to place calls, draw pictures, check the weather, take
pictures of real life, watch videos, shop for the best deal, read book reviews
while reading the book, and many other uses.
HOW CAN IT BE USED?
This technology was introduced in 2009. We have made great leaps in
technology since then. While the technology might seem too bulky to wear
today, it merely shows that we have the capability to interact with the virtual
world for real life tasks.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE
Social Issues include how this new technology might affect people. While
not an “issue”, it could definitely change how people interact with each other.
It could make things much easier but also more different. If we are so plugged
in around cell phones, this new technology might make us even more plugged
in to our technology.
Ethical Issues include privacy. While the projector might be obvious around
someone’s neck, with our new technology it will be a much smaller device. If
the camera is small enough, this would allow people to even take pictures
without someone being aware of it.
Global Issues include the Global Divide and Equality of Access. Many
people will not be able to afford this new technology and will therefore not be
allowed to purchase it.
SOCIAL, ETHICAL AND GLOBAL
While watching this video, please think and write about the following:
This video was made in 2009. How has technology changed and how could we
use this technology to change the future?
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