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MIT Researchers Create a Cheap "6th Sense" Device

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the it-will-tickle-your-fancy-if-you-tell-it-to dept.

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thefickler writes "MIT researchers have combined a mobile projector with a webcam and mobile phone to create a device that draws information from the environment. For example, the gadget recognizes products on store shelves and can provide product and price comparison information. The sixth-sense device was cobbled together from common parts costing just $300. While the gadget is not being primed for mass release, it represents a forward-thinking way of blending technology with our environment."

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Eyetap... (2, Interesting)

GenP (686381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745705)

Needs more EyeTap [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Eyetap... (2, Insightful)

davester666 (731373) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746125)

From the summary: "can provide product and price comparison information...the gadget is not being primed for mass release"

Hm, I can't understand why retailers would never stock such a product.

Eyetap's predecessor, WhisperingEye (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26747127)

Viewed here! [whisperingeye.com]

Mod Parent UP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26747389)

Not really a predecessor/competitor, but a great PSA nonetheless.

Re:Eyetap... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26747131)

A Michigan man was arrested yesterday after he was spotted fondling and making out with a pair of blow-up dolls in a supermarket parking lot. Shoppers called cops when they spotted Rob Malda, 33, getting busy in the front seat of his 2000 PT Cruiser, which was parked directly in front of a Kroger store. Evidence photos showing Malda's inanimate partners were provided to the GNAA by the Holland Police Department. According to a police report, witnesses told cops that Malda was "performing activity to two different blow up dolls in his vehicle that was consistent with masturbation and other simulated sexual activity." He was also spotted "aggressively" kissing the dolls. When confronted by police, Malda said that he was headed to Target to "get some clothes for his dolls." Malda, charged with breach of peace, was wearing shorts with a three-inch opening "in the crotch area." Of course, he "had no underwear on under the shorts," noted police.

Re:Eyetap... (1, Offtopic)

kbrasee (1379057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746185)

No, needs more cowbell [metacafe.com] .

Re:Eyetap... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26747459)

This site needs less bullshitting around. What the fuck is this goddamn javascript that keeps freezing up the whole browser? This is a fucking blog site, a simple news site, why the fuck is is loading things from all over the fucking place and renders this site useless? The only way this website is even bearable is if you disable javascript or use something like noscript. Slashdot is a joke and if I see CowboyNeal that stupid fucker I will break his cankles.

Fix your shit slashdot.

Re:Eyetap... (1)

kbrasee (1379057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748161)

Duh, use Lynx like the rest of us. Problem solved.

I have a sixth sense (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26745735)

I can tell if someone is gay. Timothy, for example.

Re:I have a sixth sense (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26747405)

It's called "gaydar", and you only have it because you too are gay.

Man, even the trolls are getting dumber.

Well I'm stoked (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745791)

"For example, the gadget recognizes products on store shelves and can provide product and price comparison information."

Finally, we've discovered all 6 senses: Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and targeted marketing! =D

Re:Well I'm stoked (5, Insightful)

DriedClexler (814907) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745937)

Yeah, it's ridiculous to call this a "sixth sense". Reading information from a hand-held device is not an additional sense.

Now, if we were still living 100+ years ago, when people were far more limited in what information they had access to at any given time, *maybe* you could get away with saying this is another sense. But considering that cognitive science researchers -- many probably at MIT -- have had significant success in giving people genuine additional senses (i.e. allow them to observe the world in some way without directly being told the information or thinking aboug it), it's extremely misleading.

For example, one time on slashdot there was a story about how scientists fed a compass-like transducer into some guy's nervous system, which allowed him to just "know" about changes in the earth's magnetic field or nearby magnets. And in Jeff Hawkins's On Intelligence, he talks about an experiment where they mapped a low-res black/white camera to an array of rods on someone's tongue that push down for black and let up for white, which allow the subject to see without his own eyes.

Those are new senses. This device isn't.

Re:Well I'm stoked (3, Interesting)

evanbd (210358) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746287)

My brother and I built one of those [sf0.org] . Scroll down to the comments, there are pictures and a description of the circuit. It's not as sophisticated as the MIT one, but it definitely works.

That, or an implanted magnet to sense EM fields, constitute a "6th sense" imo. Not this.

(If there's interest, I could be convinced to create a digital version of the schematic and a more complete circuit description with parts list, etc.)

Re:Well I'm stoked (1)

DriedClexler (814907) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747129)

Yes, a how-to for this would be very very very nice :-)

But then, I'd need to learn how to solder first, I never did that in the few EE courses I had to take.

Re:Well I'm stoked (4, Informative)

evanbd (210358) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748337)

Soldering isn't hard. Learn what a cold solder joint is and how not to make them (short version: heat the joint, then let the solder melt on, don't "paint" it on). Use leaded solder (far easier to work with than the lead-free stuff). More doesn't help; it just gets in the way. Don't overdo it. Tin your tip properly when you first get it, and keep it clean with a wet sponge. Oh, and practice a bit on pieces of wire instead of pricey components :)

The only schematics that were created on that project were napkin sketches and annotations on the datasheet printouts. I'll draw something up, but not before this weekend. I'll post another reply when I do.

Re:Well I'm stoked (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26747179)

That, or an implanted magnet to sense EM fields, constitute a "6th sense" imo. Not this.

I see you mention an implanted magnet. There was an article here on /. a couple years ago now I believe it was where some guy had done just that.

Implanted a small rare earth element magnet into his finger that allowed him to feel EM fields. I forget if it was the index or ring finger. Pretty weird if you ask me.

Re:Well I'm stoked (1)

kbrasee (1379057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748199)

Yeah, I remember that. One of the most bizarre modifications I've seen.

Re:Well I'm stoked (1)

evanbd (210358) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748381)

Several people have done it. Ring finger is normal, I think, since it's the least used in gripping and such. Quinn Norton [wikipedia.org] got an implant [wired.com] , for instance.

Re:Well I'm stoked (1)

Kral_Blbec (1201285) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746877)

I'd agree on the first about sensing magnetic fields, but the second is just artificially converting one sense (vision) to another (touch). Thats no more of a new sense than the summary.

Re:Well I'm stoked (2, Funny)

Merovign (557032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746891)

Well, everything else is inflated (money, grades, etc.), why not senses?

Re:Well I'm stoked (1)

djtachyon (975314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747521)

I completely agree, have we already forgotten about tongue based soldier senses [washingtonpost.com] ?

Re:Well I'm stoked (1)

WSOGMM (1460481) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746229)

I see dropped prices.

Welcome to Niggerbuntu (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26745815)

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Re:Welcome to Niggerbuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746801)

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umm... (0, Redundant)

theIsovist (1348209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745819)

sight, hearing, touch, feel, taste, comparison shop? This isn't a sixth sense, no matter how you spin it. at least i hope that the heightened consumer knowledge would not be considered a valid way of perceiving the world.

Re:umm... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26745847)

unless it can see dead people.

Re:umm... (0, Redundant)

theIsovist (1348209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745867)

wouldn't that be sight?

Re:umm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746393)

woosh!

Re:umm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746557)

whoosh to you too, and whoever modded redundant!

Re:umm... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746653)

you can't woosh a woosh, floyd FLOYD, you CAN'T WOOSH a WOOSH.

The Game (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745833)

I can't help but think of The Game [wikipedia.org] .

Re:The Game (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746367)

I can't help but think of The Game [wikipedia.org] .

I think you just wanted an excuse to start a Die-Weasely-Die thread.

Re:The Game (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746661)

I think you just wanted an excuse to start a Die-Weasely-Die thread.

.

Wrong fiction genre of annoying youth. Weasely is current fantasy.

The Wesley you want is science fantasy.

Re:The Game (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746741)

*confused*
Weasely is the nickname given to Wesley Crusher by people who hate him (almost every viewer of TNG)

Re:The Game (1)

Nathrael (1251426) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747155)

Crap. You just made me loose the game.

Re:The Game (1)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747513)

And you just made me lose the game.


+1, grammar nazi
+1, godwin
+1, combo

At the heard of the device... (4, Interesting)

mrbene (1380531) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745905)

At the heart of the device is a smartphone that uses an Internet connection to retrieve information.

Further analysis shows that the heart is actually a team of codemonkeys madly devoting all waking hours to understand the hundreds of different data formats needed to supply even the most basic integration.

Seriously tho, the main cost to developing this would be getting integrated with all the different potential data providers. Recognizing a physical bar code is easy. Looking up the current price at nearby retailers? More difficult.

Re:At the heard of the device... (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745971)

Recognizing a physical bar code is easy. Looking up the current price at nearby retailers? More difficult.

According to the TV ads, T-Mobile claims that the Google Android can do this already.

I have a 2-year-old $15 prepaid phone, so I can neither confirm nor deny their claims.

Re:At the heard of the device... (5, Informative)

esampson (223745) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746071)

I've got a T-Mobile G1 and there are actually a couple of different programs that do this. The one I'm using (and it seems to me the majority of people are using) is ShopSavvy.

It seems to do a pretty good job of identifying products by barcodes as long as they aren't storebrand items. Its ability to locate the same item at other local stores isn't that great but my guess is that with time they, or someone like them, will build a large enough database and the necessary connections with retailers to make that work. Until then it is mostly useful for looking up reviews for books/DVDs/music and seeing how much I would save going to Amazon, letting me know if I'll save enough to make it worth my while to wait.

I thought... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26745919)

I thought the sixth sense was the ability to see dead people.
Had to say it.

More like (2, Insightful)

SupremoMan (912191) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745933)

The 6th sense is what the corporation gets by tracking your ever query.

MIT Researchers Create Device (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745939)

MIT researchers have combined a mobile projector with a webcam and mobile phone to create a device that draws visual information from the environment.

Fixed that for ya.

I see dead people (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26745941)

They are nerdy virgins mostly.

Minor pet peeve (5, Insightful)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745945)

I already have a sixth external sense... it's the sense of acceleration in my inner ear, colloquially known as the sense of balance. That one's just as important as the other senses.

Of course, there are other more minor senses that are subsets of the sense of touch, like heat and cold, which are actually different mechanisms, but those are arguable as truly separate senses. There's also the sense of body position, whose name escapes me, but that's not an external sense.

What was TFA about, again? :)

Re:Minor pet peeve (5, Informative)

snicho99 (984884) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746055)

There's also the sense of body position, whose name escapes me, but that's not an external sense.

Proprioception
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprioception [wikipedia.org]

Re:Minor pet peeve (3, Informative)

arb phd slp (1144717) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747009)

There's also the sense of body position, whose name escapes me, but that's not an external sense.

Proprioception

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprioception [wikipedia.org]

Kinesthetic. It's the feedback to the motor centers about how stretched your muscle fibers are and how much tension they are under.

Re:Minor pet peeve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746111)

I already have a sixth external sense... it's the sense of acceleration in my inner ear, colloquially known as the sense of balance. That one's just as important as the other senses.

You can also sense changes in temperature.

Re:Minor pet peeve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746253)

wouldn't that be under the sense of "touch"?

Re:Minor pet peeve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746663)

Maybe it would make sense (pun not intended) to distinguish between perception of texture and physical contact on one hand, and perception of temperature on the second hand. Don't they rely on different biological processes?

This, along with the GP posts about balance and proprioception, makes me realise that the common "five senses" conception is pretty much arbitrary. Hadn't occured to me.

Re:Minor pet peeve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746139)

I already have a sixth external sense... it's the sense of acceleration in my inner ear

I always considered my ability to detect antigen in my environment to be my sixth sense. I guess I'm really have seven.

Re:Minor pet peeve (2, Funny)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746181)

Your lack of a sense of grammar takes away one, though.

Re:Minor pet peeve (5, Interesting)

dpilot (134227) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746473)

I read an article in the past year about a different "sixth sense" experiment. They made a belt of cellphone-type vibrators, then controlled them such that the northmost vibrator was activated. In essence a built-in compass. Subjects quit noticing the vibration after a few days. Within a few weeks, they had "perfect direction," and it wasn't just the ability to point north, or any other particular direction. Their sense of distance, position, etc, were all much better. The big point of the experiment was to see if an adult brain could internalize and integrate the new information source.

It could.

I want one.

Though it occasionally abandons me, I generally have a very good sense of direction. Let me study a map, get oriented, and I can usually get you there. I can usually give bearing and distance to an arbitrary destination in the general area. But I'd like my sense of direction to be PERFECT. (or darned close to it)

Incidentally, the effects persisted for several weeks after the device was removed.

There's also talk about a magnetic grain embedded in the heads of some animals. They've studied the grain, and found that it's the largest size that can naturally be a single magnetic domain. Smaller, and it gives less "signal". Larger, and it splits into multiple domains, and again gives less signal. Sounds like a natural magnetic compass to me. Maybe there's a little bit of residual prewiring in the human brain for such a directional sense, which is why the vibrator belt experiment worked so well.

Re:Minor pet peeve (4, Informative)

Tomun (144651) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746559)

You perhaps read this [wired.com] , and you're not the only person to want one. This guy [exothermia.net] also built one, and perhaps we should too.

Re:Minor pet peeve (1)

evanbd (210358) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748421)

As mentioned above, I also built one [sf0.org] (scroll down a bit, it's in the comments). Mine's simpler than that one, and entirely analog (which has both pluses and minuses). I don't have a handy schematic, but I'll get one drawn up and post a more informative link in a day or three when everyone has forgotten about the /. story.

Re:Minor pet peeve (2, Interesting)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746611)

Maybe there's a little bit of residual prewiring in the human brain for such a directional sense, which is why the vibrator belt experiment worked so well.

I think it's mostly that humans already have a built-in mechanism for dead-reckoning, which is enhanced when we get something to give us additional external cues. Humans generally keep track of which way is north, but it can get out of whack over time.

I can actually fool my dead-reckoning sense by lying in my bed with my eyes closed and rolling my body over my head, somersault-style. If I don't open my eyes, it feels like I've flipped the bed around in my room. If I open my eyes, the effect immediately vanishes and my direction is restored.

Re:Minor pet peeve (2, Informative)

Urza9814 (883915) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746735)

A DIY version of this was just on hackaday today actually.

http://hackaday.com/2009/02/05/haptic-compass/ [hackaday.com]

It's apparently _very_ easy to build...so if you want one, build it! :)

Re:Minor pet peeve (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746991)

Along the lines of heat and cold, you have several different type of pain receptors which are seperate from your proprioception sensors and tactile sensors. I think nociception (sensing pain) definitely qualifies as it's own seperate sense if this webcam thing does. It shouldn't be lumped under touch, most aren't triggered that way.

Re:Minor pet peeve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26747117)

I already have a sixth external sense... it's the sense of acceleration in my inner ear, colloquially known as the sense of balance. That one's just as important as the other senses.

I have cerebral palsy and because of that I posses little or no sense of balance you insensitive clod! :P

Seriously though, I think you've not thought it through completely. Yes, sense of balance is an important thing especially when walking but is it really as important as the other senses? Even with significantly reduced sense of balance I can still walk, I just need some support. Of course the human body adapts to all kinds of situations pretty well but if you have to choose between losing any of the basic five insticts or balance, I'd say balance is the smallest nuisance.

And it really isn't so bad, except sometimes when you're drunk.

Re:Minor pet peeve (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747269)

Of course the human body adapts to all kinds of situations pretty well but if you have to choose between losing any of the basic five insticts or balance, I'd say balance is the smallest nuisance.

Hmmm. Smell or balance? I might be underappreciating smell, but on the whole, I'd probably take balance over smell. It seems like your lifestyle would be impacted much more by not being able to navigate effectively through the world than not being able to smell it, as much as it's nice to smell things. I suppose you'd need to take steps to have smoke detectors for safety.

Re:Minor pet peeve (1)

funaho (42567) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748327)

Keep in mind that a large portion of taste is actually smell. Food would never taste interesting again if you lost your sense of smell.

surely this is not too suprising (1)

wjh31 (1372867) | more than 5 years ago | (#26745961)

using a webcam you can get a picture, using the internet on a mobile you can get information, the technology has been there for ages to be able to get as much extra information as you want about whatever is in front of the camera, the only limiting factor is surely the software needed to be writen to identify items and then collect the appropriate information from the internet. This doesnt seem much different to saying that with a webcam and a mobile, you can identify them and pull up their facebook profile, software to take advantage of available hardware has become alot more complex to write

Re:surely this is not too suprising (3, Interesting)

jbloggs (535329) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746285)

it it clear that you have no idea what this device is actually doing, but since the article was so bad i'm not suprised. i, on the other hand, am at the media lab and have seen it in action. it makes the entire world around you a touch-sensitive device that can be digitally interacted and augmented with.

Yeah, but can it make you see dead people? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746003)

Yeah, but can it make you see dead people?

Re:Yeah, but can it make you see dead people? (2, Funny)

Miseph (979059) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746343)

See all those other people around you, you know, the ones who are just shopping, as though that's all that life means to them? They're dead, or the next worst thing. This device might not help you see them directly, but I suppose by doing all of this work for you quickly and effectively it might free up some of your conventional senses and allow you to notice them when otherwise you'd be too busy.

I work in retail, and some mornings I really do wonder if the zombie apocalypse has finally come, or if this is just another day at work.

You came up with that all by yourself? (3, Informative)

NonUniqueNickname (1459477) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746033)

Scanning a bar code and looking up info and prices on the internet is such a a cool idea. In fact, it's such a super-cool idea that it won a prize. Last year. On Android. See:
http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/ [google.com]
and
http://www.android.com/market/#app=compareeverywhere [android.com]

Dang. (1)

The Damned Yankee (829738) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746043)

For a second there I thought that someone had finally invented the tricorder.

WTF Slashdot is disappointing me with stories... (3, Interesting)

topham (32406) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746057)

Ok, I'm getting seriously disappointed with slashdot. A story about a webcam, cellphone and automatically look up crap online? Fine. The technical aspects are interesting; but sixth-sense slant? Kill it before it breeds.

I have a god-damn cellphone with camera and internet and I don't think it's a sixth-sense feature when i use it to look something up. COME ON; it isn't 1971!

Re:WTF Slashdot is disappointing me with stories.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746171)

Kill it before it breeds.

I for one welcome our cel%@#(*NO CARRIER

Re:WTF Slashdot is disappointing me with stories.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746427)

Dude, this is slashdot. The story is not about the webcam, cellphone and the mobile projector, but about the MIT geeks using all that put together with duct tape and going to the supermarket.
Think about all those hot hispanic MILFs in the supermarket looking to those geeks walking in with some weird duct-tape-cellphone-webcam hats?

Re:WTF Slashdot is disappointing me with stories.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746453)

nice job/ RTFA next time. It's not just a cellphone with camera and internet.

Re:WTF Slashdot is disappointing me with stories.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746637)

Your cellphone isn't Slashdot-worthy because it wasn't designed by MIT Media Lab.

Re:WTF Slashdot is disappointing me with stories.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746959)

I'm much more disappointed that this kind of thing comes from MIT, rather than it's being featured on Slashdot!

To show at TED, MIT could have build a something better than this.

Sixth sense (4, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746133)

By fans of the Fifth Element
Programmed in Forth
Costing you the third of your hundred dollar bills
Sold by advertisers with second sight
Redundant by the tine the first is sold

Shopping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746273)

"For example, the gadget recognizes products on store shelves and can provide product and price comparison information."

Sounds like going shopping with my Mother.

Are you people that dense? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746401)

It's a device NAMED 6th Sense device... That's what they called the project.

You are acting like they claim to have FOUND a 6th sense...

Seriously, over-thinking is a sign of lesser intelligence.

I see Markeing People (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746423)

They're walking around like regular people. Spouting marketing verbage. They can't see anything else, they only see a marketing opportunity. They hardly know that their product they're trying to push is just a bunch of hot air...

I see them all the time, they're everywhere.

Sixth Sense!? (3, Insightful)

Vertana (1094987) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746485)

Am I the only one who read the headline and said MIT created a way to see dead people!? Of course it would be MIT...

Re:Sixth Sense!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746681)

Haha I thought the same thing, don't worry. Then I became extremely disappointed.

Re:Sixth Sense!? (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746899)

Proof that M. Night Shyamalan's 15 minutes are up. "I see dead filmmakers!"

Re:Sixth Sense!? (1)

dbcad7 (771464) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747679)

No,.. I saw the spoon icon, and made a Matrix connection.

Re:Sixth Sense!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26748545)

Yes you leaden brained peasant, you are the only one that immediately thought of a connection to a movie. Your logic and brilliance are astounding, incidentally Harvard is now accepting application from special needs people like yourself.

original (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746597)

Holy crap! A camera on a phone!?!?! What will they think of next!!!

who cares about store shelves? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746697)

Seriously, so much effort goes into creating devices for comparison shopping when you are in a store, but the store rarely if ever has the best price. If it's a small purchase (e.g., a book), you can decide if it's worth $5 to buy it in person instead of Amazon without having to look it up. If it's a big purchase, you better be comparison shopping before you go. Okay, maybe there's some value to having online reviews available of books while you are browsing in the store, but how long before B&N or Borders offer that service themselves?

Snow Crash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746757)

So did anyone else read the article and think of the gargoyle rig from Snow Crash?

HTC G1? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26746875)

On my G1 I use SnapTell and ShopSavvy for that. And I didn't even go to MIT. Just to T-Mobile.

What about the existing 9 physical senses? (1)

GrpA (691294) | more than 5 years ago | (#26746917)

Why do they call it the sixth sense?

Wouldn't tenth sense be a better claim? (albeit marketting)

What really annoys me about this is that there are already nine recognized physical senses, two interoceptive ones, six exteroceptive and two feedback senses.

I still can't understand why some who claim to be scientists still think in terms of the limited "5 senses" model which has been outdated for more than a century.

GrpA

The sixth sense is the "vestibular" somatic sense (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747061)

so this is a seventh sense, not SIXTH.

There Already is a Sixth Sense: Balance (1)

evenmoreconfused (451154) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747343)

Your body has always had six senses: Sight, Touch, Hearing, Smell, Taste, and Balance. Why the tradition has been to claim there are only five is beyond me.

who needs those jeejahs? (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747463)

Leave it to the extras. All I need is a sphere, bolt and cord :-)

Ni6Hga (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26747655)

th4t FreeBSD is [goat.cx]

I know what I'd do (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747709)

I'd hook it up so it would emit a tiny electric discharge every time it senses something I should be warned about, a tingle if you will. I'll call it my spidey sense. It would also help me rationalize getting a tattoo like this.

http://www.geekologie.com/2008/04/23/spiderman-tat-1.jpg [geekologie.com]

Tricorder? (2, Interesting)

iamangry (1463943) | more than 5 years ago | (#26747865)

This sort of technology seems to be the first step towards a tricorder... albeit a primitive one designed to help you be a "better" consumer. Now they just need to add this into a visor (like the ones you can plug into your ipod or whatever), and you'd have a HUD.

Forward Thinking??? (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748029)

Not always what it's cracked up to be.

Get out of my life!

I'm unimpressed (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748089)

The only information I want to "draw from the environment" is the light emitted from the ladies' shower at my gym.

Simple... (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748131)

Get out of my life!! I do not want/need Minority Report- like adverts!
I'm to the point of developing and making what I think I need/want.
*hint: it has nothing to do with current marketing. "I will research, and make up my own mind!!"

GO THE FUCK Away, Maarketdroids!!...You aare wasting time and resources on me!

Yeah but does it (1)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748313)

make you see dead people?

Re:Yeah but does it (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748521)

make you see dead people?

...the gadget recognizes products on store shelves...

No, dead produce.

Ah a direct marketing feed.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26748363)

Satire covering this kind of connectivity. It was target towards young adults but is well written.

http://www.amazon.com/Feed-M-T-Anderson/dp/0763622591

CueCat (1)

emandres (857332) | more than 5 years ago | (#26748543)

So... they've resurrected the CueCat?

Humans have six senses already... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26748581)

Umm humans already have a sixth sense.

  it's called orientation and if you take it away people get fucked up.
read more here:

http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/balance/balance_disorders.asp

-S

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