Talk: Use Sixth-Sense technology to interact with the digital world of data

In his interesting TED talk on ‘The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology’, Pranav Mistry shows several self built hardware tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data. He also discusses his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper laptop in detail. He says that he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

This reminds me a lot on Prof. Hiroshi Ishii’s Tangible User Interfaces‘, (Tangible Media Group) research group at MIT, who’s work i really admire since my studies at the university. The Tangible User Interface group continuously publish great work on the challenge how to build tangible real world interfaces to interfere with digital artefacts. They combine art, media and technology to invent great interfaces!

screenshot taken from http://tangible.media.mit.edu

Stiktu – Layar launches Augmented Reality Graffity

Layar, the startup which one of the first professional Augmented Reality browsers, recently revealed a new business model. Within their creator tool customers can publish Augmented Reality advertisements. So all about advertisements again, much the same like Google’s Adsense but within Augmented Reality. The advertisement publishers pay and Layar augments the virtual world with advertisements. This model surely can only work if Layar offers some additional content, the user is willing to start the AR app for. Otherwise nobody will watch a virtual reality /augmented reality which is overfilled with advertisement. I for my part consume enough ads in television and Web 😉 i do not have to augment my reality with ads again. So Layar’s original AR business is changeing to a much more social idea. This days they launched Stiktu, which is some sort of a AR virtual graffity app.