Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's Becoming Too Easy

Computer scientist Patti Maes spoke at a recent TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Long Beach, California. She brought a little gadget that was created by one of her grad students at MIT, assembled from parts that any of us could buy at our local electronics store (for about $350.00).

The device allows you to use the internet anywhere using a small computer with a projector that hangs around your neck, and small (different colored) caps worn on your fingers. It looks a little cumbersome, but imagine being able to take pictures just by putting your fingers in the shape of a square or project and dial a telephone keypad onto your hand.

Imagine picking up a book at your local bookstore, placing it in front of the projector around your neck, and getting the reader rating from Amazon.com on the cover. Or when you want to find out what time it is..... Simply draw a watch on your arm.....

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