MIT’s Sixth Sense

The cool geeks over at MIT never ceases to amaze me – makes me regret (just that ‘lil bit) spurning cold MIT for sunny Stanford when I was choosing my Masters back in 2005.

This is like Tom Cruise in Minority Report, albeit several light years behind in sophistication. It’s still a really good job though! Pranav Mistry, a student at MIt, spent US$350 and cobbles a camera, mini-projector and other electronics into a device worthy of its name – Sixth Sense. I’m expecting this project to easily attract VC funding and spin out from MTI’s labs in a few years’ time (or faster).

Functionality on any surface!

Although the parts appear to be off-the-shelf, the software behind the Sixth Sense device certainly isn’t! Pranav Mistry’s work is proof of my belief that Singapore needs a stronger Computer Science faculty in order to effectively compete in the global innovation race. The Bio-tech sector needs too many zeroes at the back of the cheque; Clean-tech ain’t that hot now with oil prices greatly depressed from its heights, and the Financial sector (with our horde of engineers doubling up as CFA students) is highly cyclical.

About James Chan

James Chan is an entrepreneur, investor, geek, photographer and husband/father based out of Singapore. Apart from frequent travels to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia for work, James can also be found online via his trusty 15" Retina MacBook Pro or iPhone 6+.