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INTRODUCTION Sixth Sense is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. It was developed by Pranav Mistry, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. SixthSense bridges the gap by bringing intangible, digital information out into the tangible world, and allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand SixthSense comprises a pocket projector, a mirror and a camera. The hardware components are coupled in a pendant like mobile wearable device
COMPONENTS The hardware components are coupled in a pendant like mobile wearable device. Camera Projector Mirror Mobile Component Color Markers
Camera Captures an object in view and tracks the user¶s hand gestures It sends the data to smart phone It acts as a digital eye, connecting you to the world of digital information
Projector The projector projects visual information enabling surfaces and physical objects to be used as interfaces The project itself contains a battery inside, with 3 hours of battery life. A tiny LED projector displays data sent from the smart phone on any surface in view±object, wall, or person. Mirror The usage of the mirror is significant as the projector dangles pointing downwards from the neck.
Smart Phone A Web-enabled smart phone in the user¶s pocket processes the video data Other software searches the Web and interprets the hand gestures Color Markers It is at the tip of the user¶s fingers . Marking the user¶s fingers with red, yellow, green, and blue tape helps the webcam recognize gestures The movements and arrangements of these makers are interpreted into gestures that act as interaction instructions for the projected application interfaces.
HOW IT WORKS The hardware that makes Sixth Sense work is a pendant like mobile wearable interface It has a camera, a mirror and a projector and is connected wirelessly to a bluetooth smart phone that can slip comfortably into one¶s pocket The camera recognizes individuals, images, pictures, gestures one makes with their hands Information is sent to the Smartphone for processing The downward-facing projector projects the output image on to the mirror Mirror reflects image on to the desired surface Thus, digital information is freed from its confines and placed in the physical world
Make a call You can use the Sixth Sense to project a keypad onto your hand, then use that virtual keypad to make a call.
Call up a map With the map application we can call up the map of our choice and then use thumbs and index fingers to navigate the map
Check the time Draw a circle on your wrist to get a virtual watch that gives you the correct time
Create multimedia reading experiences Sixth Sense can be programmed to project related videos onto newspaper articles you are reading
Drawing application The drawing application lets the user draw on any surface by tracking the fingertip movements of the user¶s index finger
Zooming features The user can zoom in or zoom out using intuitive hand movements
Get product information Sixth Sense uses image recognition or marker technology to recognize products we pick up, then feeds us information on those products
Get book information The system can project Amazon ratings on that book, as well as reviews and
and organize and resize them. viability and flexibility of the system Allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gestures The potential of becoming the ultimate "transparent" user interface for accessing information about everything around us hey please read http://www.seminarprojects.com/Thread- . displaying information automatically and letting us to access it in any way we need The Sixth Sense prototype implements several applications that demonstrate the usefulness.logy--7186 and http://www.. Feed information on people The system will project relevant information about a person such as what they do.seminarprojects. we can project them onto a surface. and so on. the system will snap a photo. After taking the desired number of photos. Take pictures If you fashion your index fingers and thumbs into a square ("framing" gesture).other relevant information Get flight updates The system will recognize your boarding pass and let you know whether your flight is on time and if the gate has changed. where they work.. and use gestures to sort through the photos. CONCLUSION Sixth Sense recognizes the objects around us.com/Threadsi.
tablets. When we encounter something. digital information out into the tangible world.e-computer for getting more information about sixth sense technology Reference: http://www. Right now. We can get information on anything we want from anywhere within a few moments! We will not only be able to interact with things on a whole new level but also with people! One great part of the device is its ability to scan objects or even people and project out information regarding what you are looking at. It was developed by Pranav Mistry.com/Thread-sixth-sense-technology-7186#ixzz0unKT8oJW seperate Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION We¶ve evolved over millions of years to sense the world around us. SixthSense bridges this gap. But arguably the most useful information that can help us make the right decision is not naturally perceivable with our five senses. digital information and human robots. keeping us continually connected to the digital world. Information is confined traditionally on paper or digitally on a screen. it is the newest jargon that has proclaimed its presence in the technical arena. Although the miniaturization of computing devices allows us to carry computers in our pockets. He says that the movies ³Robocop´ and ³Minority Report´ gave him the inspiration to create his view of a world not dominated by computers. ³Sixth Sense Technology´.. a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. but one where computers and other digital devices enhance people¶s enjoyment of the physical world. etc. he caused a storm with his creation of SixthSense. A grad student with the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT. µSixthSense¶ frees information from its confines by seamlessly integrating it with reality. and allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gestures. SixthSense is a wearable ³gesture based´ device that augments the physical world with digital information and lets people use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. nose. tongue mind and body to perceive information about it. mobile phones. This technology has emerged.) to go into the internet and get information that we want. there is no link between our digital devices and our interactions with the physical world. bringing intangible. information and knowledge that mankind has accumulated about everything and which is increasingly all available online. ear. . we use our ³devices´ (computers. which has its relation to the power of these six senses. and thus making the entire world your computer. that information helps us make decisions and chose the right actions to take..seminarprojects. someone or some place.si. Our ordinary computers will soon be able to sense the different feelings accumulated in the surroundings and it is all a gift of the ´Sixth Sense Technology´ newly introduced. With SixthSense we will use a device no bigger than current cell phones and probably eventually as small as a button on our shirts to bring the internet to us in order to interact with our world! SixthSense will allow us to interact with our world like never before. namely the data. we use our five natural senses which includes eye.
The SixthSense prototype is composed of a pocket projector. They wanted to make information more useful to people in real time with minimal effort in a way that doesn¶t require any behaviour changes. you turn out to be a moving computer in yourself and the fingers act like a mouse and a keyboard. the body of another person or even your hand. The prototype was built from an ordinary webcam and a battery-powered 3M projector. So someone wearing the wristband could pick up a paperback in the bookstore and immediately call up reviews about the book. The setup. allows the user to project information from the phone onto any surface ² walls. Both the projector and the camera are connected to the mobile computing device in the user¶s pocket.Chapter 2 SIXTH SENSE TECHNOLOGY 2.3: Present Device Now they have switched to a smaller projector and created the pendant prototype to be worn around the neck. They also had a ring that used infrared to communicate by beacon to supermarket smart shelves to give you information about products. Mistry wore the device on a lanyard around his neck. They initially produced a wristband that would read an Radio Frequency Identification tag to know. which book a user is holding in a store. 2.1: Six Senses Sixth Sense in scientific (or non-scientific) terms is defined as Extra Sensory Perception or in short ESP.1 What is SixthSense Figure 2. it effectively gives users a sixth sense. a mirror and a camera. were thinking about how a person could be more integrated into the world around them and access information without having to do something like take out a phone. and colored Magic Marker caps on four . in course. The wristband was getting close.2 Earlier SixthSense Prototype Figure 2. with an attached mirror ² all connected to an internet-enabled mobile phone. That¶s when they struck on the idea of accessing information from the internet and projecting it. By making available information needed for decision-making beyond what we have access to with our five senses. But that proved cumbersome if someone was projecting data onto a wall then turned to speak to friend ² the data would project on the friend¶s face. As we grab a package of macaroni. Sixth Sense aims to more seamlessly integrate online information and tech into everyday life.2: Earlier Device Maes¶ MIT group. 2. It works as the device associated to it is hanged around the neck of a person and thus the projection starts by means of the micro projector attached to the device. for example. Nor is it taken from any experiences from the past or known. The hardware components are coupled in a pendant-like mobile wearable device. They started with a larger projector that was mounted on a helmet. which costs less than $350. which includes seven graduate students. projecting them onto a surface in the store or doing a keyword search through the book by accessing digitized pages on Amazon or Google books. We can very well consider the Sixth Sense Technology as a blend of the computer and the cell phone. but we still had to take out our cell phone to look at the information. Therefore. It involves the reception of information not gained through any of the five senses. the ring would glow red or green to tell us if the product was organic or free of peanut traces ² whatever criteria we program into the system.3 Recent Prototype Figure 2.
2: Projector Also. yellow. The project itself contains a battery inside. acts as a digital eye.1.4: Smartphone The mobile devices like Smartphone in our pockets transmit and receive voice and data anywhere and to anyone via the mobile internet. and handles the connection to the internet. 3. The camera recognizes objects around you instantly.3 Mirror Figure 3.1 Components The hardware components are coupled in a pendant like mobile wearable device. green and yellow) helped the camera distinguish the four fingers and recognize his hand gestures with software that Mistry created. We want this thing to merge with the physical world in a real physical sense. A tiny LED projector displays data sent from the smart phone on any surface in view±object.1. 3. with 3 hours of battery life. Other software searches the Web and interprets the hand gestures. 3. The information will look like it is part of the object. wall. walls and physical objects around us to be used as interfaces.1 Camera Figure 3. The movements and arrangements of these makers are interpreted into gestures that act as interaction instructions for the projected application interfaces.fingers (red. The projector projects visual information enabling surfaces. The camera. a projector opens up interaction and sharing. A Web-enabled smart phone in the user¶s pocket processes the video data.1. 3.5 Color Markers Figure 3.1. including the object itself or your hand. It also tracks the movements of the thumbs and index fingers of both of the user's hands. Camera Projector Mirror Mobile Component Color Markers 3. An accompanying Smartphone runs the SixthSense software. green.1: Camera A webcam captures and recognises an object in view and tracks the user¶s hand gestures using computer-vision based techniques. in a sense. You are touching that object and projecting info onto that object. and blue tape helps the webcam recognize gestures.6: Working .3: Mirror The usage of the mirror is significant as the projector dangles pointing downwards from the neck.2 Projector Figure 3.2 Working Figure 3. blue. or person. It sends the data to the smart phone. seeing what the user sees. Marking the user¶s fingers with red.5: Color Markers It is at the tip of the user¶s fingers. Chapter 3 WORKING OF SIXTH SENSE TECHNOLOGY 3. 3.1.4 Mobile Component Figure 3. with the micro-projector overlaying the information on any surface.
makes the wearer look like a complete dork -. It's pretty interesting technology that. This is possible only because the µSixth Sense¶ device supports multi-touch and multi-user interaction. Freehand gestures. show me the weather. preferably through unique and varied fiducials. processing. Mistry uses coloured caps on his fingers so that it becomes simpler for the software to differentiate between the fingers. along with an entire non-contextual interface for reading email or making calls. The "sixth sense" in question is the internet. and that can be just about anything -." says Dr Maes. but also how he or she is interacting with it. and then the projector takes over. images. which naturally supplies the data. and what you're trying to do. like many MIT Media Lab projects. whenever I draw a star. To bring out variations on a much higher plane. The usage of the mirror is significant as the projector dangles pointing downwards from the neck. It has to recognize the images you see. drawing an icon in the air. One can have any number of hand gestures and movements as long as they are all reasonably identified and differentiated for the system to interpret it. digital information is freed from its confines and placed in the physical world The entire hardware apparatus is encompassed in a pendant-shaped mobile wearable device. pictures. because of my culture. "The system is constantly trying to figure out what's around you. demanding various applications. I do a namaste gesture to start the projection on the wall. which can be browsed and manipulated with hand gestures. track your gestures. images. Iconic gestures. Like. in the demo video which was broadcasted to showcase the prototype to the world. Basically the camera recognises individuals. projecting flight status on a boarding pass. like the ones you see in Microsoft Surface or the iPhone -. The idea is that SixthSense tries to determine not only what someone is interacting with. gestures one makes with their hands Information is sent to the Smartphone for processing The downward-facing projector projects the output image on to the mirror Mirror reflects image on to the desired surface Thus. MIT basically plans to augment reality with a pendant picoprojector: hold up an object at the store and the device blasts relevant information onto it (like environmental stats.MIT has shown off the device projecting information about a person you meet at a party on that actual person (pictured). The software searches the internet for information that is potentially relevant to that situation. like when you take a picture [as in the photo above].where you touch the screen and make the map move by pinching and dragging.if the projector doesn't give it away. Or. and then relate it all to relevant information at the same time. image capturing. The technology is mainly based on hand gesture recognition. show me the map. the colored finger bands the device uses to detect finger motion certainly might." The software recognizes 3 kinds of gestures: Multitouch gestures. You might want to use other gestures that you use in everyday life. The software program analyses the video data caught by the camera and also tracks down the locations of the coloured markers by utilising single computer vision techniques. gestures one makes with their hands and the projector assists in projecting any information on whatever type of surface is present in front of the person. pictures. All the work is in the software. a mirror and a projector and is connected wirelessly to a Bluetooth or 3G or wifi smart phone that can slip comfortably into one¶s pocket The camera recognizes individuals. and .The hardware that makes Sixth Sense work is a pendant like mobile wearable interface It has a camera. you might have noticed in the demo. When I draw a magnifying glass. for instance). This system is very customizable.
letting the user zoom in. It¶s a lot of complex technology squeezed into a simple portable device. above all. The HMD's are either optical see-through or video see-through in nature. GPS and solid state compass are often present in modern Smartphone. zoom out or pan using intuitive hand movements. similar to gestures supported by multi-touch based systems. When we bring in connectivity.manipulation. more natural. Spatial Displays Instead of the user wearing or carrying the display such as with head mounted displays or handheld devices. input devices. The main hardware components for augmented reality are: display. Artificial information about the environment and the objects in it can be stored and retrieved as an information layer on top of the real world view. Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR) makes use of digital projectors to display graphical information onto physical objects. Each of these technologies have different levels of accuracy and precision. The drawing application lets the user draw on any surface by tracking the fingertip movements of the user¶s index finger. Modern mobile augmented reality systems use one or more of the following tracking technologies: digital cameras and/or other optical sensors. interactive and. Handheld Displays Handheld Augment Reality employs a small computing device with a display that fits in a user's hand. RFID. tracking. camera. accelerometers. Initially handheld AR employed sensors such as digital compasses and GPS units for its six degree of freedom tracking sensors. we can get instant. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally usable. and computer. wireless sensors etc. etc. which make them prospective platforms. The augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements. computer vision based algorithm etc. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. 4. Chapter 4 RELATED TECHNOLOGIES SixthSense¶ technology takes a different approach to computing and tries to make the digital aspect of our lives more intuitive. Most important is the tracking . We shouldn¶t have to think about it separately. There are three major display techniques for Augmented Reality: Head Mounted Displays Handheld Displays Spatial Displays Head Mounted Displays A Head Mounted Display (HMD) places images of both the physical world and registered virtual graphical objects over the user's view of the world. Combination of powerful CPU. relevant visual information projected on any object we pick up or interact with The technology is mainly based on hand augmented reality. The map application lets the user navigate a map displayed on a nearby surface using hand gestures.1 Augmented reality Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery. All handheld AR solutions to date have employed video see-through techniques to overlay the graphical information to the physical world. gesture recognition.g. Sixth sense technology which uses Augmented Reality concept to super imposes digital information on the physical world. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.
3 Computer vision based algorithm . or otherwise directing the listeners attention to specific event or objects in the environment. however American Sign Language gestures also fall into this category.of the pose and position of the user's head for the augmentation of the user's view. Using the concept of gesture recognition. Gesture recognition can be conducted with techniques from computer vision and image processing. including pointing at objects. it is possible to point a finger at the computer screen so that the cursor will move accordingly. The literature includes ongoing work in the computer vision field on capturing gestures or more general human pose and movements by cameras connected to a computer. while mimicking the action of turning a wheel with both hands. Deictic gestures These are the types of gestures most generally seen in HCI and are the gestures of pointing. fend off. Gestures can originate from any bodily motion or state but commonly originate from the face or hand. 4. activating objects such as controls. Pantomimic gestures: These are the gestures typically used in showing the use of movement of some invisible tool or object in the speaker¶s hand. while moving their hand through the air like the flight path of the aircraft. They are the gestures made when someone says ³The plane flew like this´. This could potentially make conventional input devices such as mouse. or handing objects to others. keyboards and even touch-screens redundant. When a speaker says ³I turned the steering wheel hard to the left´. Iconic gestures As the name suggests. These can further be categorized according to their functionality. Symbolic gestures These are gestures that. With respect to objects. touching or moving objects. thus building a richer bridge between machines and humans than primitive text user interfaces or even GUIs (graphical user interfaces). Current focuses in the field include emotion recognition from the face and hand gesture recognition. which still limit the majority of input to keyboard and mouse. 4. For users with disabilities of varying kinds. and to a greater or lesser degree (depending on training) make use of more formal sign languages. within each culture. have come to a single meaning. they are making a pantomimic gesture. we have a broad range of gestures that are almost universal. changing object shape.2 Gesture Recognition Gesture recognition is a topic in computer science and language technology with the goal of interpreting human gestures via mathematical algorithms. Only some of the current and future AR applications make use of a Smartphone as a mobile computing platform. Many approaches have been made using cameras and computer vision algorithms to interpret sign language. Gestures can be used to communicate with a computer so we will be mostly concerned with empty handed semiotic gestures. Gestures can exist in isolation or involve external objects. shape or orientation of the object of discourse. these gestures are used to convey information about the size. Gesture recognition can be seen as a way for computers to begin to understand human body language. beckon. Free of any object. AR has real potential to help people with a variety of disabilities. we wave. An Emblem such as the ³OK´ gesture is one such example. Gesture recognition enables humans to interface with the machine (HMI) and interact naturally without any mechanical devices.
how to transform one image to another. e. Computer vision is. relevant visual information projected on any object you pick up or interact with. To improve the performance of the system. objects. as explored in augmented reality. The fields most closely related to computer vision are image processing. a researcher at the media lab of the Massachusetts Institute Technology. When you bring in connectivity. studies and describes the processes implemented in software and hardware behind artificial vision systems. on the other hand. more natural. vision based autonomous robots and systems for vision based inspection or measurement. a prior on skin color is included in the particle filtering. computer vision often produces 3D models from image data. computer vision is concerned with the theory behind artificial systems that extract information from images. e. above all. workspaces.. or multi-dimensional data from a medical scanner. you can get instant.. The software tracks the user¶s gestures using computer-vision based algorithms. So. As a scientific discipline. such as video sequences. interactive and. Radio Frequency Identification is basically an electronic tagging technology that allows the detection and tracking of tags and consequently the objects that they are affixed to. with an extension of layered sampling referred to as hierarchical layered sampling. The hand postures or states are represented in terms of hierarchies of multi-scale color image features at different scales. how to reconstruct structure or other information about the 3D scene from one or several images. Some of the technologies that uses this are Radio Frequency Identification. There is also a trend towards a combination of the two disciplines. The Recognition Algorithms The computer vision system for tracking and recognizing the hand postures that control the menus is based on a combination of multi-scale color feature detection.. detection of multiscale color features is performed. Machine vision tends to focus on applications. his characterization implies that image processing/analysis neither require assumptions nor produce interpretations about the image content.g. Pranav Mistry. The image data can take many forms. position and orientation. e. Computer vision. in some ways. In each image. washing machine. The hand postures are then simultaneously detected and tracked using particle filtering. the inverse of computer graphics. 4. and their interactions. with qualitative inter-relations in terms of scale. While computer graphics produces image data from 3D models. Computer vision tends to focus on the 3D scene projected onto one or several images.Computer vision is the science and technology of machines that see.4. 4. views from multiple cameras. has developed a 'sixth sense' device ± a gadget worn on the wrist that can function as a 'touch screen' device for many modern applications. Image processing and image analysis tend to focus on 2D images.g. pick up a box of cereal and your device will project whether it suits your preferences. view based hierarchical hand models and particle filtering.1 Radio Frequency Identification SixthSense is a platform for Radio Frequency Identification based enterprise intelligence that combines Radio Frequency Identification events with information from other enterprise systems and sensors to automatically make inferences about people. mainly in manufacturing.g. gesture gaming. image analysis and machine vision. This ability to do remote detection and tracking coupled with the low cost of passive tags has led to the widespread adoption of RFID in supply chains worldwide.4 Technologies that uses Sixth Sense as Platform SixthSense technology takes a different approach to computing and tries to make the digital aspect of our lives more intuitive. The gadget is capable of selecting a product either by .
It is a platform in that its programming model makes the inferences made automatically available to applications via a rich set of APIs. SixthSense infers when a user has interacted with an object. The idea of SixthSense is to use Radio Frequency Identification technology in conjunction with a bunch of other enterprise systems such as the calendar system or online presence that can track user activity. The New Generation 6th Sense appliances from Whirlpool are helping to protect the environment and to reduce your energy bills. Here. Tumble dryers use 6th Sense technology to minimise energy and time wastage by monitoring the humidity inside your laundry and adjusting the drying time accordingly. and workspace zones. passive RFID tags. Adaption and Control. the researchers have prototyped a few applications using these APIs. private office versus conference room). and there is good coverage of RFID readers in the workplace. we consider an enterprise setting of the future where people (or rather their employee badges) and their personal objects such as books. All Whirlpool appliances with intelligent 6th Sense technology work on three key principles. to ensure that they achieve optimal performance each and every time that they are used. Applications can either poll these databases by running SQL queries or set up triggers to be notified of specific events of interest. 4.. and mobile phones are tagged with cheap. The technology is able to automatically differentiate between people tags and object tags.g. Some models also contain a detergent overdosing monitor to make sure that you do not use too much washing detergent. SixthSense incorporates algorithms that start with a mass of undifferentiated tags and automatically infer a range of information based on an accumulation of observations.4. learn the nature of different zones in a workspace (e. water and time. Whirlpool 6th Sense washing machines can save you up to 50% less water. when you pick up your mobile phone. energy and time.2 Sixth Sense Washing Machine Whirlpool AWOE 8758 White Washing Machine is a remarkable front loader that incorporates the unparalleled Sixth Sense technology. To demonstrate the capabilities of the platform. and perform other such inferences. learn the identities of people. . infer the ownership of objects by people. like an Amazon rating. SixthSense records all tag-level events in a raw database. By combining information from these diverse sources. an enhanced calendar service. It is a feature packed washing ally with Sixth Sense Technology and several customized programs to enhance the washing performance and dexterously assist you in heavy washing loads. for example. Whirlpool¶s 2009 range of washing machines comes integrated with enhanced 6th sense technology that gives more optimisation of resources and also increased saving in terms of energy.image recognition or radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and project information. laptops. and rich annotation of video with physical events. energy and time during the cycle. objects. including a misplaced object alert service. Whirlpool 6th Sense appliances are designed to be intelligent and energy efficient appliances that adapt their performance to better suit your needs. which are then recorded in a separate processed database. Ideal washing machine for thorough washing that requires sixth sense to detect stubborn stains and adjust wash impact. Sense. These intelligent machines sense the size of the load and adjust and control the cycle dependent on the load inside in order to optimise the use of water. The inference algorithms consume these raw events to infer events at the level of people.
1: Make a call You can use the Sixth Sense to project a keypad onto your hand. then use that virtual keypad to make a call. and instructs the projector to flash the image of a watch onto his wrist. for example.4 Create multimedia reading experiences Figure 5.3 Check the time Figure 5. 5. 5. viability and flexibility of the system. a newspaper can show live video news or dynamic information can be provided on a regular piece of paper.5 Drawing application Figure 5. The computer tracks the red marker cap or piece of tape.5: Drawing The drawing application lets the user draw on any surface by tracking the fingertip movements of the user¶s index finger. to zoom in and out and do other controls.3: Wrist Watch Sixth Sense all we have to do is draw a circle on our wrist with our index finger to get a virtual watch that gives us the correct time. The following are few of the applications of Sixth Sense Technology. Thus a piece of paper turns into a video display. Calling a number also will not be a great task with the introduction of Sixth Sense Technology. 5. 5. The fingers of the other hand will then be used to key in the number and call. The SixthSense device has a huge number of applications. 5. recognizes the gesture. Make a call Call up a map Check the time Create multimedia reading experience Drawing application Zooming features Get product information Get book information Get flight updates Feed information on people Take pictures Check the email 5.1 Make a call Figure 5.2 Call up a map Figure 5.6 Zooming features . The keys will come up on the fingers. just type in the number with your palm acting as the virtual keypad. For example.4: Video in Newspaper The SixthSense system also augments physical objects the user is interacting with by projecting more information about these objects projected on them. No mobile device will be required.Chapter 5 APPLICATIONS The SixthSense prototype implements several applications that demonstrate the usefulness.2: Map The sixth sense also implements map which lets the user display the map on any physical surface and find his destination and he can use his thumbs and index fingers to navigate the map.
It could be handy if it displayed their facebook relationship status so that you knew not to waste your time.10: Flight updates The system will recognize your boarding pass and let you know whether your flight is on time and if the gate has changed. For example.7 Get product information Figure 5. 5. The system can project Amazon ratings on that book. There is no need to carry a camera anymore. 5.9: Take Pictures If we fashion our index fingers and thumbs into a square (the typical "framing" gesture). the system will snap a photo. then feeds you information on those products. projecting relevant information such as what they do.11: Information on people Sixth Sense also is capable of "a more controversial use´. the system will scan the product you pick up off the shelf and give you guidance on whether this product is a good choice for you. After taking the desired number of photos. and also m it could display tags about the person floating on their shirt. If we are going for a holiday. 6. The device could be used by anyone without even a basic knowledge of a keyboard or mouse.6: Zoom in and Zoom out The user can zoom in or zoom out using intuitive hand movements.Figure 5. then feeds you information on books.9 Take pictures Figure 5. It is portable and easy to carry as we can wear it in our neck. 5. making the entire world your computer. Supports multi-touch and multi-user interaction Data access directly from machine in real time It is an open source and cost effective and we can mind map the idea anywhere It is gesture-controlled wearable computing device that feeds our relevant information and turns any surface into an interactive display.10 Get flight updates Figure 5.7: Product information Maes says Sixth Sense uses image recognition or marker technology to recognize products you pick up. SixthSense does not change human habits but causes computer and other machines to adapt to human needs. and organize and resize them.11 Feed information on people Figure 5.1 Advantages SixthSense is an user friendly interface which integrates digital information into the physical world and its objects. 5. as well as reviews and other relevant information 5. we can project them onto a surface. then from now on . Chapter 6 ADVANTAGES AND ENHANCEMENTS .8: Book information Maes says Sixth Sense uses image recognition or marker technology to recognize products you pick up. It uses hand gestures to interact with digital information. and use gestures to sort through the photos.8 Get book information Figure 5. When you go out and meet someone. if you're trying to shop "green" and are looking for paper towels with the least amount of bleach in them. where they work.
To make sixth sense work as fifth sense for disabled person.2 Future Enhancements To get rid of color markers To incorporate camera and projector inside mobile computing device. education systems etc. CONCLUSION The key here is that Sixth Sense recognizes the objects around you...blendernation.the-world/ 5.com/2009/0.style wearable device on table. Whenever we place pendant.. REFERENCES 1.. http://gizmodo. http://www.hnolo. 2009 | Share . it should allow us to use the table as multi touch user interface.com/Thread-sixth-sense-technology-7186#ixzz0unL6hY00 Sixth Sense Technology will Revolutionize the World SCIENCE | July 26.seminarprojects. http://lucasrichter.wards it will be easy to capture photos by using mere fingers 6. But as it is now. this has the potential of becoming the ultimate "transparent" user interface for accessing information about everything around us...com/5167790/sixth-sense-t. in the simplest way possible.com/sixth-sense-technology/ 2.ld-forever 4.wordpress. Clearly.ping-this/ Reference: http://www. If they can get rid of the colored finger caps and it ever goes beyond the initial development phase.. displaying information automatically and letting you access it in any way you want. To have 3D gesture tracking. http://theviewspaper. Applying this technology in various interest like gaming.html 3. http://boingboing..net/sixth-sense-tec. that is.net/2009/11/12/sixth-s. it may change the way we interact with the real world and truly give everyone complete awareness of the environment around us.
28 year old. Some of the more practical uses are reading a newspaper. Or live sports updates while reading the newspaper. feeling. That¶s not it. it would be something supernatural. Although it is not widely known as of now but the time is not far when this technology will change our perception of the world. thereby. walls and physical objects around us to be used as interfaces. To know the time. The device brings us closer to reality and assists us in making right decisions by providing the relevant information. The software program processes the video stream data captured by the camera and tracks the locations of the colored markers (visual tracking fiducials) at the tip of the user¶s fingers using simple computer-vision techniques. the user can get to know whether the product is eco friendly or not. Mapping can also be done anywhere with the features of zooming in or zooming out. He is a PhD student at MIT and he won the µInvention of the Year 2009 µ. The device is pendant shaped like mobile wearing devices. He invented µ Sixth Sense / WUW ( Wear UR World) µ which is a wearable gestural . But there is also another sense called the sixth sense. be it a wall. user friendly interface which links the physical world around us with digital information and uses hand gestures to interact with them. Still more work is being done on the device and when fully developed. Imagine reading a newspaper and viewing videos instead of the photos in the paper.All of us are aware of the five basic senses ± seeing. The device serves the purpose of a computer plus saves time spent on searching information. tasting and hearing. Pranav Mistry. The Sixth Sense prototype consists of a pocket projector. The device has a huge number of applications. it is portable and easily to carry as you can wear it in your neck. Both the projector and the camera are connected to the mobile computing device in the user¶s pocket. making the entire world a computer. mirror and a camera. Firstly. It also supports multi touch and multi user interaction. Some might just consider it to be a superstition or something psychological. The drawing application lets user draw on any surface by observing the movement of index finger. For book lovers it is nothing less than a blessing. it will definitely revolutionize the world. It is basically a connection to something greater than what their physical senses are able to perceive. The device sees what we see but it lets out information that we want to know while viewing the object. The camera also helps user to take pictures of the scene he is viewing and later he can arrange them on any surface. while the camera recognizes and tracks user¶s hand gestures and physical objects using computer-vision based techniques. pick any page and the device gives additional information on the text. all one has to do is to just gesture drawing circle on the wrist and there appears a wrist watch. The device can also tell you arrival. departure or delay time of your air plane on your tickets. . table or any other object and uses hand / arm movements to help us interact with the projected information. But the invention of sixth sense technology has completely shocked the world. Open any book and you will find the Amazon ratings of the book. comments and lot more add on features. The projector projects visual information enabling surfaces. While picking up any good at the grocery store. of Indian origin is the mastermind behind the sixth sense technology. Currently the prototype of the device costs around $350 to build.by Popular Science. smelling. To a layman. It can project information on any surface. To add to it.
instead of requiring you to be in front of a big screen like Tom Cruise. like in the infamous Minority Report. or if it fits your preferences or not. However. and Sixth Sense will show you if it's good or bad. thinking about what brand of soap is better. Clearly. in the simplest way possible. and the system will make the photo²which you can later organize with the others using your own hands over the air. displaying information automatically and letting you access it in any way you want. this has the potential of becoming the ultimate "transparent" user interface for accessing information about everything around us. it may change the way we interact with the real world and truly give everyone complete awareness of the environment around us.Basically. Whatever it is. Want to take a photo? Just make a square with your fingers. highlighting what you want to frame. Sixth Sense can also obey hand gestures. I want to try it. You won't need to do any action. [TED] Send an email to Jesus Diaz. all the information stored on the web. You can be in a taxi going to the airport. Just hold it in front of your and it will work. Sixth Sense will grab real time information about your flight and display it over the ticket.com. really. If they can get rid of the colored finger caps and it ever goes beyond the initial development phase. Then. But those are just novelty applications. It can go either way. Need to make a call? Extend your hand on front of the projector and numbers will appear for you to click. Need to know the time? Draw a circle on your wrist and a watch will appear. the author of this post. Just look at objects. Or just make a few people look like dorks. at jesus@gizmodo. Now take this to every aspect of your everyday life. The key here is that Sixth Sense recognizes the objects around you. The camera recognizes objects around you instantly. with the micro-projector overlaying the information on any surface. But as it is now. The true power of Sixth Sense lies on its potential to connect the real world with the Internet. Imagine you are at the supermarket. and just by taking out your boarding pass. that is. . Or maybe what wine you should get for tonight's dinner. Sixth Sense is a mini-projector coupled with a camera and a cellphone²which acts as the computer and your connection to the Cloud. you can access or manipulate the information using your fingers. hold them on your hands. even while you are jumping hysteric over Oprah's sofa. including the object itself or your hand. Sixth Sense can do its magic²and a lot more²everywhere. and overlaying the information on the world itself.
The sixth sense is a part of everyone whether or not they like it. it has been misrepresented and as a result. it is no less scientific. Although. Those that can¶t recall having the experience are not aware of the signs or. heard from them. You¶ve already had contact. consistent and tangible. those in spirit do not have physical bodies to carry out evil deeds like some thug in a parking lot. while electronic tuning is reliable. tuning by mental focus is inconsistent and capricious. that sense of otherworldliness. a connection to something more and greater than their physical senses are able to perceive. even by laws that haven¶t been discovered yet. would have been laughed to scorn. Consider technology that we take for granted. It is a normal part of the human psyche and not abnormal or reserved for special or gifted persons. Contrary to the media¶s misrepresentations. intent and desire being the means. because of fear and ignorance programmed through religion. This is ._____________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________\ How to develop your sixth sense Everyone has it. Every human being is equipped from birth with what they need to communicate with the spirit world from where they came. Everyone is aware of their five basic senses. been touched by them. A person has more to fear going to their car in the parking lot after work than from those souls in the spirit world. What everyone is not so well aware of is their sixth sense. This is the same scientific phenomenon that works in the transmission of electronic information such as the television or radio. The sixth sense is similar in that it requires tuning in to another person¶s frequency or to the frequency of someone in the spirit world. Electronic tuning is done through electronic means that is mechanical in nature. Nothing to fear. feeling. smelled them. These require that you tune into a particular band or frequency to get the program that you want. smelling. and to where they will eventually go when they give up their physical body. seeing. At one time or another. Spiritual tuning is done through the brain with mental focus. This is the entrance to the world of the unseen encounter. So it is with mediums and communication with the so-called dead. It has a scientific basis for its manifestation because all things that happen work according to scientific laws. hearing and tasting. it is a science in its infancy. The difference being that psychic and medium communication is in its infancy as far as future development goes. Mental tuning. the unfelt touch of someone from the spiritual world trying to make a connection with someone in the physical body. anyone that would have predicted one hundred years ago where we would be today. either while in the waking state or through a dream. the unheard communication. It is scientific. people associate the spirit world with fear and trepidation. everyone that is alive today has seen them. One doesn¶t have to be a practiced medium or an ordained saint to make contact with the souls from the spirit world. are in denial. Thanks to the media and to religion.
This hidden power is is available to those who recognize and accept that there is a higher realm of knowing and communication beyond their own physical bodies. Next. Focus To begin tuning into this force you need to learn about focusing. Feed back helps you to learn and understand the signals and symbols that are received and experienced as a normal part of the learning to experience process. People. Psychic Power . Practice To advance. Understanding and accepting this concept is the most important requirement to developing one's own latent ability.Connecting with Universal Energy. animals and plants are all connected to the hidden energy of universal consciousness that permeates the entire universe and 'wires' all of us together. to get familiar with the sense of the action and presence of the energy involved. Everything is connected One of the most important things that anyone needs to understand is that every living thing has consciousness has a connection to everything else in the universe. but for everyone who makes the effort to learn its secrets. Most all psychic people are that because they recognized the signs of this energy and focused their attention on its workings which is the very thing that is required in order to develop it. then they wouldn't be what they are. it becomes a matter of adopting a certain kind of mind set that is necessary to cultivate a power thinking process. Focusing on even the smallest instance of psychic phenomena that happens to your self and to people around you. you will need to practice diligently a number of exercise techniques to get feed back while developing these abilities. These vibrations are not just for the so called 'gifted' persons. If they hadn't focused their attention on it. The next important requirement. recognizing the times that you have been touched by those in the spirit world. Another thing you can do is to visit the pages on Esp and Telepathy which is part of this . This will give you a perception of how involved and integrated is the underlying hidden power that caused the event to take place. The universe is full of this unlimited energy that can be tapped by almost anyone who will make the effort to focus and tune themselves to its subtle vibrations. you need to find a development circle or starting a "circle" of your own. Play the event around in your mind continually. A circle means weekly meetings where like minded people can practice in a positive environment.the first step in development of your sixth sense. is that the person must have both a desire and willingness to develop and tune themselves so they can also connect with the universal spirit Mindset After that.
Mental telepathy makes possible the "knowing" about past future or current events that is not supposed to be part of our knowledge. or out of the ordinary. is said to be 'extra'. this is not a rigid requirement. suddenly begin to happen. The five senses are seeing. Telepathy and Mind Control The Purpose of These Tests and Exercises. tasting. Esp is mental telepathy. When someone demonstrates an ability to send and receive information that is not part of their five ordinary senses. What is ESP? Esp . smelling. clairvoyance. You can develop a lot more quickly when you practice meditation. Be patient and persistent and one day you will realize that your mind has expanded and your perception of what is going on in your life has greatly increased. our other sense. so you can get the feel of the energy involved. Its best to be directly in the vibration of a the person giving the reading. feeling. These are considered to be our 'normal' senses and any sense or gathering of information. Meditation In addition to these practices. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Esp Test. This development is a primer for those who feel they'd like to continue into mediumship. When a person develops their ESP. Get a reading It is also advantageous for your development to get a reading or consultation from a local reader or medium to learn what its all about. . it doesn't matter. it makes a lot of difference in how fast you progress. There you'll find tests and practices which will help you to begin developing your latent psychic abilities. Mind reading. You will then begin to notice that the things that you want to happen. and hearing. The symbol cards along with the telepathy exercises help to discipline and train your mind to focus. They are not games. The four symbol tests and on the following pages are designed to gage your basic Esp ability.Extrasensory perception is the term used to describe a means of getting information from other than the five senses that everyone uses as their primary means. but rather exercises for someone who is serious about psychic mind development. it is placed in the realm of "extra" almost as though it was bizarre or abnormal and not part of the human . (not one of those hotlines advertised on TV or in magazines). Just practicing all these exercises increases your mind's ability to send and receive information that will be an asset to your life. Its called MIND CONTROL. there are two Telepathy exercises for you to further develop the power of your mind. Although. That will be your proof and reward for developing the power of your mind. they have increased their mind power by a quantum leap above other people. the student should learn to meditate.website. It enables them to send and receive information almost at will to influence things that are important to them. Following these. precognition are all perceived through mental telepathy. Even if you don't perform well with the symbol cards.
1999 U. Release Date: 8/6/99 (wide) Running Length: 1:45 . Test your self with all four. Remember that the important thing is not in how well you score. telepathic ability is available to all those willing to practice and learn how to increase this talent that is given to everyone at birth. switching off when you lose interest in one or the other. but rather to improve and cultivate it through patience. After you read the instructions on how to test and keep score. practice and effort. Some of them discovered that they had the ability at a young age and some not until later in their life. you'll naturally need a color printer. their score often times goes down. psychics and mediums know secret and private information about another person's life and are able to advise them.psyche or sense abilities. Each of the tests covers a different aspect of mind control and telepathy. It is important to maintain enthusiasm and interest when testing your self because it has been found to make a difference. Using different symbols at different times helps to keep the the person being tested from getting bored which happens when using the same symbols over and over. The instructions how to do it are on each of the symbol pages. That is why we have presented here.S. you can print the symbols and paste them on cards. Many people can now benefit from their diligence and persistence in their own self development. However. Do all of them repeatedly and on a rotation basis. For color symbols. and you can use it for keeping score. But they all have one thing in common. This is how clairvoyants. There are also telepathic exercises that require 2 people which will help add an expanded dimension to the exercises. Print the score sheet page. They made a decision not to ignore it. but in the practice which leads to telepathy and mind control. Don't get bored. The Sixth Sense A Film Review by James Berardinelli United States. 4 varieties of colors and symbols. Psychics and mediums use extrasensory perception. When a person begins to get bored.
Unfortunately. After rambling about Crowe's faults as a psychiatrist and asking "Do you know why you're afraid when you're alone?". Frank Marshall. a central spiritual theme. writer/director M. Toni Collette.MPAA Classification: PG-13 (Violent images. There's no sense of subtlety.S. With the exception of Cole. . no character has more dimensions than a sheet of paper. Cut to "Next Fall. for fear that she will think he's a freak. This movie plods along. it's necessary to endure 75 minutes of some of the most dull. Distributor: Hollywood Pictures With his third feature effort. And there's a lack of internal consistency and logic. After showing great strides of maturity between his ineffective debut. Night Shyamalan Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto Music: James Newton Howard U. Crowe is determined to accomplish for Cole what he could not do for his former patient. Night Shyamalan has taken a huge step in the wrong direction. Anna (Olivia Williams). daring viewers to remain awake. He is Vincent Gray (Donnie Wahlberg). This is not a strong or effectively executed screenplay. While this picture shares many qualities with Wide Awake (a child protagonist. and 1998's appealing Wide Awake. well acted. Perhaps another draft (or a complete re-write) of the script would have attenuated the amplitude of the flaws. It is not well written. to get to that point. Haley Joel Osment. one of Crowe's few failures. The dialogue is stilted. As a means to assuage his guilt. are celebrating his triumph. including a clever (albeit entirely predictable) twist at the very end. There are some interesting ideas in The Sixth Sense . The characters say and do things only because the plot makes certain demands of them. Praying with Anger. A gulf has developed between him and his wife. On the night that Crowe and his wife. Donnie Wahlberg Director: M. Olivia Williams.85:1 Cast: Bruce Willis. Night Shyamalan Producers: Kathleen Kennedy. I had to employ all of my usual tricks to keep from falling asleep. Crowe begins to work with 9-year old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). Alas." Crowe has recovered from his wounds physically but not emotionally. or well directed. and being set in Shyamalan's home city of Philadelphia). her snores could be heard throughout the theater. he brandishes a gun. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a revered psychologist who has just earned an award from the mayor for his efforts with children. Lynn (Toni Collette). a boy who shows similar problems to those displayed by Vincent Gray at that age. But the task he has set for himself is not an easy one. then shoots himself and his doctor.but the good things are deeply buried. the movie doesn't even play by its own rules. Some interesting things happen during the final half-hour of The Sixth Sense. Shyamalan has backslided alarmingly with The Sixth Sense. mature themes) Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 1.especially the way in which Cole's acceptance of his abilities brings about an awakening . they arrive home to find an intruder in their bathroom. The once-loving couple hardly talks and he suspects that she's having an affair. Barry Mendel Screenplay: M. Cole sees and hears things that others cannot. one critic at the screening wasn't as lucky. turgidly paced film making this side of Meet Joe Black. and he is afraid to open up to his mother. it's an inferior product.
Part of the problem is undoubtedly that his character is badly written. The actor. this motion picture is saddled with a murky. Nevertheless. at it's worst. but this may be the first time he has consciously attempted to essay a low-key persona. which tries to say something about the connection between this world and the next one. unimaginative vision. Only in the first scene does Willis exhibit any life.The Sixth Sense is obviously an attempt by Bruce Willis to broaden his range. Osment is occasionally effective. Unfortunately. Shyamalan fails to cull the most he can from the young actor. Meanwhile. unlike in movies such as What Dreams May Come. Toni Collette (Muriel's Wedding) deserves recognition for doing something with an underwritten role. but. Lynn's relationship with Cole. (Is there any other way to explain the success of pabulum like TV's "Touched by an Angel"?) But.) and Bogus. feels muted. It doesn't work. emphasizing the need that child actors have for strong directors (a point that should be remembered when condemning Jake Lloyd's turn in The Phantom Menace). after that. based on his past work. Osment's work here is merely adequate. best known for action roles in films like Die Hard. I expected a more captivating performance. but there's also a distinct lack of energy in the performance. a child thespian who has shown promise in films like Forrest Gump (as Forrest Jr. Willis' co-star is young Haley Joel Osment. Olivia Williams (Rushmore) is criminally underused. it's merely competent. he has a tendency to fade into the background. It's a shame. Today's society has an undeniable fascination with supernatural/pseudo-religious issues. At its best. There are undoubtedly those who will enjoy The Sixth Sense simply because of the spiritual angle. but she's not on screen enough for us to recognize her as anything more significant than a footnote to the main story. it has a movie making-bythe-numbers feel. There's only one scene between these two that possesses any depth (and that happens near the end). The Sixth Sense joins Arlington Road in proving that a forceful or clever conclusion is not enough to redeem an otherwise uneven and tepid production. which could have been an emotional cornerstone of The Sixth Sense. because much of the film's impact depends on our understanding a few things about Anna. has effectively explored a few dramatic parts in the past (most notably in In Country). © 1999 James Berardinelli Back Up .
BUY THIS FILM'S REVIEWS OF THIS FILM . Mystery Men is appealing at times. The group is lead by Mr. much in the same vein as Blade Runner. though they would often be ruined by very poor attempts at making a scene funny (if you like a camera showing the eye view of a fork as a guy sits on it. The cast does try. The art direction is terrific. Janeane Garofalo. Wes Studi. Hank Azaria. Lena Olin. When Captain Amazing (Kinnear). Macy. and Rick Jay) more BY: DAVID PERRY One of the most non-sensical and annoying films of the year. Mystery Men's actors do put forth a nice effort. Geoffrey Rush. Anabel Leek (Olin). Yes.Mystery Men (Dir: Kinka Usher. there are some very good laughs. The Spleen (Reubens) who can take out a room via flatulence. He begins to doubt the chances of the group when he meets his superhero match in The Sphinx (Studi) and his romantic match in waitress Monica (Forlani). Mystery Men is somewhat of a spoof of the whole superhero genre of both films and comic books. Macy besides Psycho). The other founding fathers of the "Mystery Men" are the silverware throwing Blue Raja (Azaria) and garden tool expert The Shoveler (Macy). three more heroes join the group: Invisible Boy (Mitchell) who has never actually been seen doing his named ability. Claire Forlani. Kel Mitchell. then this might be your type of film). Tom Waits. After taking in applicants. I thought that the direction did have some nice moments. and The Bowler (Garofalo) who can throw a bowling ball like a cannon/boomerang thanks to the skull of her father. but more of a overlong bore and an unfunny choice for good actors. the problem is that that can only take you so far. Furious (Stiller). Mystery Men proves that great casting cannot save a bad film. Starring Ben Stiller. but more often then should be the script is just too bad. is taken hostage by an evil madman named Cassanova Frankenstein (Rush) and his psychiatrist turned accomplice Dr. It has a terrific cast. The film is nice to look at very often. Paul Reubens. Eddie Izzard. a major metropolis' hero and crime fighter. but then any hilarity would subside as the film would be filled with even more flat jokes. a madcap group of superhero wannabes band together to save Captain Amazing and the city from the destruction of Frankenstein. William H. Greg Kinnear. most of whom are graduates of independent films and all of whom having pretty distinguished careers (just look at the films of William H. whose power is that he can get very angry. but their characters are less than interesting enough to make an ensemble for a film. Pras.
I was not too excited about seeing This Is My Father. Jacob Tierney. This is his first try at the three suits he wears and it shows. but one must not forget Desperately Seeking Susan or Commandments or Blink or Stars Fell on Henrietta or The Assignment or Practical Magic or Haunted or Benny & Joon. is a Chicago teacher that is interested in the secrets kept by his invalid mother. Kieran Johnson. The Quinn Brothers seem self imposed and uninterested in anything beyond making a family get together that will allow them to work with James Caan. Donal Donnelly. Aiden stars while brothers Paul and Declan serve as writer/director and cinematographer. I have actually had some respect for Declan over the years. Moya Farrelly. but Paul was nearly unknown by me. Moira Deady. The story of his conception is far from anything that he would have thought of as he learns of the great strictness of Fiona's widow mother (Moxley) and the reason that he never met his father. and all three of them serve as executive producers. Starring Aidan Quinn. Telling the story of the torrid relationship between Kieran O'Dea (Quinn) and Fiona Flynn (Farrelly) as it is being told to his their son (Caan) on a visit to their Irish home. In Dreams. John Kavanaugh. a collaboration of Quinn's family. James Caan.FROM AMAZON. Michael Collins. and John Cusack) more BY: DAVID PERRY I've never been the biggest of fans of actor Aidan Quinn. Maria McDermottroe. . He takes the trip to Ireland with his nephew (Tierney) and learns everything from a soothe-seer (Deady) that was friendly with Fiona. and Looking for Richard. Sure I have liked him in stuff like Legends of the Fall. Pauline Hutton. respectively. Colm Meaney. Eamon Morrissey.COM This is My Father (Dir: Paul Quinn. Brenden Gleeson. This Is My Father looks much like a film made simply to bring people together than as an achievement in filmmaking. Since Practical Magic is hard to forgive. Gina Moxley. The son. Stephen Rea.
. that you should predict is a dead person. the film attempts to startle you by having someone. though they are overshadowed by a terrific supporting cast. The Sixth Sense is much more a drama.. The Wide Awake thing is understandable since this is from the same director. Mischa Barton. quite a waste of time. Night Shyamalan. but not all of it is believable or interesting. Olivia Williams. For the most part. Haley Joel Osment. Quinn. It does have some spots that are strategically made to scare the audience. BUY THIS FILM'S REVIEWS OF THIS FILM FROM AMAZON. The Sixth Sense doesn't even have spooky moments like The Blair Witch Project or even tongue in cheek horror like Idle Hands. Caan. walk by the camera. and Farrelly all shine in the lead roles. Deady. Most of the film is on the shoulders of its terrific cast. and Meaney. but all the same I enjoyed This Is My Father. giving reason for the sappiness of the films ending. but none of those moments work. In fact it came off to me as an episode of The Twilight Zone mixed with Wide Awake. Starring Bruce Willis. I was not enthralled by the film. especially from Cusack.COM The Sixth Sense (Dir: M. as I found it to be a slight work. Rea. The subplot between Johnson's nephew and a local girl (Hutton) is boring and idiotic.The film does have a nice story and some very nice scenes. Toni Collette. . Donnie Wahlberg. and Trevor Morgan) more BY: DAVID PERRY Advertised as a tense thriller with horror film tendencies. Gleeson.dead. Moxley.
despite being highly flawed. I thought that maybe they had accidentally let Tom Shadyac or Joe Johnston take over the finale. The direction by Shyamalan is good. I did like the little suprise that comes at the climax. His performance is above anything from a preteen this year and arguably the best supporting role of the year. Still it is a worthwhile film to see.The Sixth Sense follows the attempts of child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Willis) to understand the acute schizophrenia of 11 year old Cole Sear (Osment). but I truly hated the sappiness that the film went into in the final moments. but the real acting ability here is in Osment. but all of its comedy and suspense turns out rather flat. I'd go as far as saying that he and Mason Gamble are the only young actors that can act (I'd draw the line at about 15 because then you're getting into Jason Schwartzman and Ben Silverstone territory). Cole's case is of great importance to Malcolm since he sees his one failure as a doctor in a case that was almost exactly the same (which lead to the intrusion of this ex-patient early in the film). It seems that Cole believes that he sees dead people walking around unaware of the fact that they are dead. I also liked the cinematography from Jonathan Demme mainstay Tak Fujimoto.COM . This is causing problems for both of them as Cole's single mother Lynn (Collette) is terribly worried about him and Malcolm's wife Anna (Williams) feels without her husband as he spends all his time with Cole. I liked Willis in this as well as Collette and Williams (though not their finest work). My only real big complaint is in the ending. The Sixth Sense does succeed well in drama. though at times I though that it was trying too hard to be catchy (plus it was in dire need of a steadycam). BUY THIS FILM'S REVIEWS OF THIS FILM FROM AMAZON.
South Park: Bigger. But non-Disney animation did not suddenly get better. this year it is Warner Bros. For years Disney has had a quasi-monopoly on animated motion pictures. At the same time Disney was showing off its animation division with Beauty and the Beast. The two last Disney cartoons. and I had a fun time.. Hercules. Aladdin. The Iron Giant is the story of a boy. The only animated feature by a non-Disney studio in the eighties and nineties that I thought successfully met and surpassed the Disney animated element was 1997's Anastasia from 20th Century Fox and All Dogs Go to Heaven creator Don Bluth.Iron Giant (Dir: Brad Bird. Longer & Uncut is not really considered in this write-up on animated films. Though it is Fox that one-upper Disney two years ago. especially since ex-Disney animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks to make The Prince of Egypt and Antz. The great texture and colors that are made for this film make it a highly enjoyable sit in the theatre. Warner Bros. Harry Connick Jr. joined the pack after the dismal Thumbelina and made Quest for Camelot while Fox made The King and I and MGM dropped out completely (MGM does so few films in a year anyway). and The Pebble and the Penguin. James Gammon. All Dogs Go to Heaven. Hogarth Hughes (Marienthal). Tarzan and A Bug's Life. More classy and actually better looking than Tarzan. So Hogarth gets the next best thing to a small . Christopher McDonald.. I enjoyed its starchy characters. It actually was better than the big Disney Summer movie that year. the Last Rainforest. and The Little Mermaid. I liked its ever-so-predictable story. But Disney has weakened as of late. have been minor features that did not really do anything that was of great interest.. Cloris Leachman. This monopoly has been artistically as well as financially. that wants terribly to have a pet. Voices include Eli Marienthal. There have only been two production companies to regularly compete with Disney: 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (though in the eighties Universal did a few with Don Bluth like Land Before Time and An American Tail). both for children and adults. His mother (Aniston) is not the biggest fan of the idea because of prior dispositions caused by Hogarth's pets. with The Iron Giant. Rock-a-Doodle. Time and again the two would bring out hideous cartoons like Ferngully. Vin Diesel. though I will admit that it is better than anything from Disney in years. this is irrelevant. Meanwhile it has been allowing its more adult divisions to make crap like Armageddon and The Other Sister (yes. but I must take any chance I get to voice my disgust for those two films). and John Mahoney) more BY: DAVID PERRY Early note: Due to the fact that it is not really a family film. The Iron Giant successfully evokes the spirit of animated films that I thought had floundered. Jennifer Aniston. I've not had this much fun in a family film since Antz. and that is not really that family oriented (I think that Antz is just a toned down South Park in its more adult approach in animation). All this while Disney made its best film since Toy Story with Mulan.
Now if only Titan AE (the latest Disney competitor from Don Bluth) would be half as good. Will Ferrell. but I have always been a big fan. Spradlin) more BY: DAVID PERRY I must say that if there is one thing that contains me most in US history it is the presidents. Michelle Williams. I do not know why. Bruce McCulloch. Saul Rubinek. who cares? The chase through the small village is one of the best sequences this year and the climax is terrific. Even if he . Jim Breuer. One president that has always interested me is Richard Nixon. From one of the directors of animated television shows like The Critic and The Simpsons. Starring Kirsten Dunst. The film is pure enjoyment. but it is a kid's film. When word gets around that there is something that has been eating everything metal in this small Maine town circa 1955. and G. Teri Garr. Sure it probably gets too political towards the end. Devon Gummersall. Ted McGinley. BUY THIS FILM'S REVIEWS OF THIS FILM FROM AMAZON. Dan Hedaya. Ana Gasteyer. Ryan Reynolds. Dave Foley. the film has a great look and a nice feel.COM Dick (Dir: Andrew Fleming.D. Harry Shearer.and cuddly creature: he gets a giant robot from outer space (grumbles and "argh"s thanks to Vin Diesel). a government worker named Kent Mansley (McDonald) comes in to investigate and get rid of what he sees as a communist menace (that is why it is set in the fifties). going as far as memorizing and writing a book on all of them in grade school (the book is about what you would expect from a nine year old).
Gordon Liddy (Shearer) in the stairwell and later recognize him at a tour of the White House (where they happen to find the CREEP list) followed by a glimpse of him being arrested on the news. Foley as Haldeman). . no great achievement in animation like The Iron Giant or in horror films like The Blair Witch Project. along with other things found in the Nixon administration (including Nixon's dislike for Checkers in comparison to Kennedy and Johnson's dogs and Nixon's liking towards paper mache). It seems that all this was caused by two 15 year old girls that were in the Watergate Hotel the night of the robbery. They happen to run into G. Still the two leads put forth good tries.had a corrupt administration and was actually the only president that had a great chance of being removed from office. cause them to become highly interesting to the two Washington Post reporters Carl Woodward (Ferrell) and Bob Bernstein (McCulloch) in their trek to find out about the Nixon involvement in the Watergate break-in. Sure it does not sit well and it seemed better in the theatre than it does in post-thought. The film is fun to watch. The ending is rather insipid (though I did like the climax) and the film does run rather long. Dick is simply fun. Its teen comedy approach looked thoroughly stupid and left me rather doubtful on how worthwhile it would be. it also explains the duct tape on the door at the Watergate Hotel and the 18 and a half minute gap in the recording tape. Nixon has always been one of my favorites (it helps that I'm a stout Republican). Much like so many other films. I liked the film. there is no doubting that. This. it is just entertaining. One thing I really liked about the film was in its openness towards Nixon/Watergate jokes that would go right over the heads of the young audience it was advertised towards. It is still questionable exactly who Deep Throat was but the new film Dick is one scenario of who he/she/they might have been. Breuer as Dean. the thing is that not all of it is appealing. especially Dunst. Despite that I did not think much about seeing Dick. Still I saw it and must admit that I had a good time. I liked its premise of who the mysterious Deep Throat was that tipped Washington Post writers Woodward and Bernstein on the recordings in the Nixon Oval Office. I've seen the Oliver Stone film Nixon many times and enjoyed it exceedingly even if it is rather anti-Nixon. but it really did nothing for me. Not only does the film answer who Deep Throat was. but its approach actually works. The sheer pleasure in seeing what actors they get to play certain figure heads in the whole ordeal is much like the same thing in Nixon (Shearer as Liddy.
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