Sixth Sense Technology: Advances in HCI as We Approach 2020

Sixth Sense Technology: Advances in HCI as We Approach 2020

Zeenat AlKassim (United Arab Emirates University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) and Nader Mohamed (Middleware Technologies Lab, Las Vegas, NV, USA)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/IJVAR.2017070102
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This paper discusses recent and unique inventions in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). To that end, firstly the authors discuss the Sixth Sense Technology. This technology allows users to interact with virtual objects in the real world in a unique manner. It has a number of applications which are further discussed. Then the opportunities and challenges are discussed. Most importantly, a list of inventions in fields of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in the recent years are discussed, grouped and compared. These include the smart eye glasses, VR headsets, smart watches, and more. Future implications of all those technologies are brought into light considering the new advancements in software and hardware designs. Recommendations are highlighted for future inventions.
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Sixth Sense Technology


Reviews on the Sixth Sense Technology were mostly positive upon its introduction in media. Arora (2012) described the Sixth Sense Technology as that which upon emergence into market may lead to evolvement of new devices and hence new markets. It could be a big help to people with special needs or could help control machineries in industries, as suggested by the author. However, the author concludes that security threats and other issues are yet to be considered when releasing this technology. In a different review, the authors suggested combining the concepts of Augmented Reality and Sixth Sense in order to come up with new and better gadgets that allow humans to be machine-free (Raghupatruni, Nasam & Lingam, 2013). As they mentioned in their paper, “With the advent of sixth sense technology, if it can have its roots into all the fields we can expect things to happen in a much better way” (p. 39). They explain in detail the implementation steps of Sixth Sense Technology in schools and show how time spent in performing tasks is reduced significantly in places like exams and libraries. On the other hand, they explain how some issues are to be tackled with like cost and security threats when implementing this new technology in public places. Singh (2015) conducted his dissertation work on Sixth Sense Technology. In his work, he brought into light the different uses of this technology. It is unique, as mentioned by the author, in the fact that a Sixth Sense Device allows computing and task performing on any nearby surface. However, he also brought into light the challenges that stand as a wall blocking the full implementation of the discussed technology, like security and health concerns, and hardware improvement of the Sixth Sense device. Overall, though many researchers who found the technology of Sixth Sense to be promising, they suggested further improvements and the addressing of its shortcomings before implementation in real life.

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