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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
we can project them onto a surface. and use gestures to sort through the photos.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.com/Threadsi.. Take pictures If you fashion your index fingers and thumbs into a square ("framing" gesture). the system will snap a photo. CONCLUSION Sixth Sense recognizes the objects around us. 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.logy--7186 and http://www.. and organize and resize them.seminarprojects.seminarprojects. and so on. Feed information on people The system will project relevant information about a person such as what they do. 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. After taking the desired number of photos.com/Thread- . where they work.
there is no link between our digital devices and our interactions with the physical world. etc. ³Sixth Sense Technology´.si. it is the newest jargon that has proclaimed its presence in the technical arena.. digital information and human robots. nose.com/Thread-sixth-sense-technology-7186#ixzz0unKT8oJW seperate Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION We¶ve evolved over millions of years to sense the world around us. a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. we use our five natural senses which includes eye. he caused a storm with his creation of SixthSense. that information helps us make decisions and chose the right actions to take. This technology has emerged. 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. But arguably the most useful information that can help us make the right decision is not naturally perceivable with our five senses. mobile phones. Although the miniaturization of computing devices allows us to carry computers in our pockets. 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. keeping us continually connected to the digital world.seminarprojects. but one where computers and other digital devices enhance people¶s enjoyment of the physical world. Right now. bringing intangible. and thus making the entire world your computer. A grad student with the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT. 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. µSixthSense¶ frees information from its confines by seamlessly integrating it with reality. which has its relation to the power of these six senses. tablets. tongue mind and body to perceive information about it. Information is confined traditionally on paper or digitally on a screen. He says that the movies ³Robocop´ and ³Minority Report´ gave him the inspiration to create his view of a world not dominated by computers. When we encounter something. we use our ³devices´ (computers. SixthSense bridges this gap.e-computer for getting more information about sixth sense technology Reference: http://www.. . information and knowledge that mankind has accumulated about everything and which is increasingly all available online. and allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gestures. 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. digital information out into the tangible world. someone or some place.) to go into the internet and get information that we want. namely the data. ear. It was developed by Pranav Mistry.
1 What is SixthSense Figure 2.2 Earlier SixthSense Prototype Figure 2. It involves the reception of information not gained through any of the five senses. 2. We can very well consider the Sixth Sense Technology as a blend of the computer and the cell phone. 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.2: Earlier Device Maes¶ MIT group. you turn out to be a moving computer in yourself and the fingers act like a mouse and a keyboard. The hardware components are coupled in a pendant-like mobile wearable device.1: Six Senses Sixth Sense in scientific (or non-scientific) terms is defined as Extra Sensory Perception or in short ESP. Sixth Sense aims to more seamlessly integrate online information and tech into everyday life. 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. 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. allows the user to project information from the phone onto any surface ² walls.Chapter 2 SIXTH SENSE TECHNOLOGY 2. The SixthSense prototype is composed of a pocket projector. As we grab a package of macaroni. and colored Magic Marker caps on four . They started with a larger projector that was mounted on a helmet. Nor is it taken from any experiences from the past or known. Therefore. That¶s when they struck on the idea of accessing information from the internet and projecting it. The wristband was getting close. 2. for example. 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. which book a user is holding in a store. Mistry wore the device on a lanyard around his neck. They also had a ring that used infrared to communicate by beacon to supermarket smart shelves to give you information about products. with an attached mirror ² all connected to an internet-enabled mobile phone. a mirror and a camera. but we still had to take out our cell phone to look at the information. it effectively gives users a sixth sense. the body of another person or even your hand. which includes seven graduate students. By making available information needed for decision-making beyond what we have access to with our five senses. 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.3: Present Device Now they have switched to a smaller projector and created the pendant prototype to be worn around the neck. They initially produced a wristband that would read an Radio Frequency Identification tag to know. 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. The setup. which costs less than $350. Both the projector and the camera are connected to the mobile computing device in the user¶s pocket. in course. 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.
seeing what the user sees. in a sense.2 Projector Figure 3. including the object itself or your hand. 3.fingers (red. Marking the user¶s fingers with red.2 Working Figure 3.1 Components The hardware components are coupled in a pendant like mobile wearable device. The movements and arrangements of these makers are interpreted into gestures that act as interaction instructions for the projected application interfaces. A Web-enabled smart phone in the user¶s pocket processes the video data. 3. blue.4 Mobile Component Figure 3.2: Projector Also. a projector opens up interaction and sharing. acts as a digital eye.1: Camera A webcam captures and recognises an object in view and tracks the user¶s hand gestures using computer-vision based techniques.4: Smartphone The mobile devices like Smartphone in our pockets transmit and receive voice and data anywhere and to anyone via the mobile internet.1. An accompanying Smartphone runs the SixthSense software. The camera recognizes objects around you instantly. walls and physical objects around us to be used as interfaces. We want this thing to merge with the physical world in a real physical sense.1. and handles the connection to the internet. with 3 hours of battery life. The information will look like it is part of the object. yellow.1. The projector projects visual information enabling surfaces.1. and blue tape helps the webcam recognize gestures. Camera Projector Mirror Mobile Component Color Markers 3. Chapter 3 WORKING OF SIXTH SENSE TECHNOLOGY 3. The project itself contains a battery inside.5 Color Markers Figure 3. A tiny LED projector displays data sent from the smart phone on any surface in view±object. You are touching that object and projecting info onto that object.1 Camera Figure 3.5: Color Markers It is at the tip of the user¶s fingers.3 Mirror Figure 3. The camera. green and yellow) helped the camera distinguish the four fingers and recognize his hand gestures with software that Mistry created. It sends the data to the smart phone. with the micro-projector overlaying the information on any surface. Other software searches the Web and interprets the hand gestures. green. or person.6: Working . 3. wall. It also tracks the movements of the thumbs and index fingers of both of the user's hands.3: Mirror The usage of the mirror is significant as the projector dangles pointing downwards from the neck.1. 3. 3.
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. and then the projector takes over. but also how he or she is interacting with it. The technology is mainly based on hand gesture recognition. 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. the colored finger bands the device uses to detect finger motion certainly might. and that can be just about anything -. drawing an icon in the air. Freehand gestures. along with an entire non-contextual interface for reading email or making calls. and what you're trying to do. Mistry uses coloured caps on his fingers so that it becomes simpler for the software to differentiate between the fingers. pictures. makes the wearer look like a complete dork -.MIT has shown off the device projecting information about a person you meet at a party on that actual person (pictured). 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. preferably through unique and varied fiducials. You might want to use other gestures that you use in everyday life." says Dr Maes.if the projector doesn't give it away. 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. Iconic gestures. demanding various applications. images. pictures. show me the weather. like when you take a picture [as in the photo above]. It has to recognize the images you see. like many MIT Media Lab projects. The software searches the internet for information that is potentially relevant to that situation. "The system is constantly trying to figure out what's around you. in the demo video which was broadcasted to showcase the prototype to the world. 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. To bring out variations on a much higher plane. 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. The idea is that SixthSense tries to determine not only what someone is interacting with. because of my culture. and . The usage of the mirror is significant as the projector dangles pointing downwards from the neck. track your gestures. images.The hardware that makes Sixth Sense work is a pendant like mobile wearable interface It has a camera. I do a namaste gesture to start the projection on the wall. show me the map.where you touch the screen and make the map move by pinching and dragging. whenever I draw a star. which naturally supplies the data. 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. projecting flight status on a boarding pass. image capturing. It's pretty interesting technology that. like the ones you see in Microsoft Surface or the iPhone -. Like. and then relate it all to relevant information at the same time. When I draw a magnifying glass. This is possible only because the µSixth Sense¶ device supports multi-touch and multi-user interaction." The software recognizes 3 kinds of gestures: Multitouch gestures. for instance). All the work is in the software. Or. you might have noticed in the demo. The "sixth sense" in question is the internet. This system is very customizable. Basically the camera recognises individuals. which can be browsed and manipulated with hand gestures. processing.
Each of these technologies have different levels of accuracy and precision. tracking. The drawing application lets the user draw on any surface by tracking the fingertip movements of the user¶s index finger. It¶s a lot of complex technology squeezed into a simple portable device. and computer. which make them prospective platforms. GPS and solid state compass are often present in modern Smartphone. 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. Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR) makes use of digital projectors to display graphical information onto physical objects. accelerometers. more natural. We shouldn¶t have to think about it separately. camera. 4. zoom out or pan using intuitive hand movements. letting the user zoom in. The HMD's are either optical see-through or video see-through in nature. etc. above all. Chapter 4 RELATED TECHNOLOGIES SixthSense¶ technology takes a different approach to computing and tries to make the digital aspect of our lives more intuitive.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. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally usable. gesture recognition. All handheld AR solutions to date have employed video see-through techniques to overlay the graphical information to the physical world. Spatial Displays Instead of the user wearing or carrying the display such as with head mounted displays or handheld devices. wireless sensors etc. computer vision based algorithm etc. With the help of advanced AR technology (e. The main hardware components for augmented reality are: display. Most important is the tracking . 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. we can get instant. Combination of powerful CPU. Handheld Displays Handheld Augment Reality employs a small computing device with a display that fits in a user's hand. 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.g. The map application lets the user navigate a map displayed on a nearby surface using hand gestures. Initially handheld AR employed sensors such as digital compasses and GPS units for its six degree of freedom tracking sensors. relevant visual information projected on any object we pick up or interact with The technology is mainly based on hand augmented reality.manipulation. Modern mobile augmented reality systems use one or more of the following tracking technologies: digital cameras and/or other optical sensors. input devices. interactive and. similar to gestures supported by multi-touch based systems. Sixth sense technology which uses Augmented Reality concept to super imposes digital information on the physical world. When we bring in connectivity. RFID. The augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements.
activating objects such as controls. have come to a single meaning. which still limit the majority of input to keyboard and mouse. fend off. This could potentially make conventional input devices such as mouse. Gestures can be used to communicate with a computer so we will be mostly concerned with empty handed semiotic gestures. 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. 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. Using the concept of gesture recognition. changing object shape. Deictic gestures These are the types of gestures most generally seen in HCI and are the gestures of pointing. and to a greater or lesser degree (depending on training) make use of more formal sign languages. These can further be categorized according to their functionality. within each culture. Only some of the current and future AR applications make use of a Smartphone as a mobile computing platform. beckon. touching or moving objects. we wave. An Emblem such as the ³OK´ gesture is one such example. it is possible to point a finger at the computer screen so that the cursor will move accordingly. Gesture recognition can be seen as a way for computers to begin to understand human body language. Many approaches have been made using cameras and computer vision algorithms to interpret sign language. Gesture recognition can be conducted with techniques from computer vision and image processing. AR has real potential to help people with a variety of disabilities. these gestures are used to convey information about the size. Iconic gestures As the name suggests. 4. we have a broad range of gestures that are almost universal. or handing objects to others. shape or orientation of the object of discourse.of the pose and position of the user's head for the augmentation of the user's view. while moving their hand through the air like the flight path of the aircraft.2 Gesture Recognition Gesture recognition is a topic in computer science and language technology with the goal of interpreting human gestures via mathematical algorithms. Gestures can originate from any bodily motion or state but commonly originate from the face or hand. they are making a pantomimic gesture. thus building a richer bridge between machines and humans than primitive text user interfaces or even GUIs (graphical user interfaces). With respect to objects. however American Sign Language gestures also fall into this category. keyboards and even touch-screens redundant. For users with disabilities of varying kinds. Free of any object.3 Computer vision based algorithm . Current focuses in the field include emotion recognition from the face and hand gesture recognition. Gestures can exist in isolation or involve external objects. while mimicking the action of turning a wheel with both hands. or otherwise directing the listeners attention to specific event or objects in the environment. 4. They are the gestures made when someone says ³The plane flew like this´. Gesture recognition enables humans to interface with the machine (HMI) and interact naturally without any mechanical devices. Symbolic gestures These are gestures that. including pointing at objects. When a speaker says ³I turned the steering wheel hard to the left´.
gesture gaming. The gadget is capable of selecting a product either by . has developed a 'sixth sense' device ± a gadget worn on the wrist that can function as a 'touch screen' device for many modern applications.g.g. view based hierarchical hand models and particle filtering. interactive and. Image processing and image analysis tend to focus on 2D images. how to reconstruct structure or other information about the 3D scene from one or several images. 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.Computer vision is the science and technology of machines that see. the inverse of computer graphics. such as video sequences. and their interactions.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. objects. position and orientation. The image data can take many forms.. detection of multiscale color features is performed.g. Computer vision is. While computer graphics produces image data from 3D models. As a scientific discipline. Some of the technologies that uses this are Radio Frequency Identification. The fields most closely related to computer vision are image processing. vision based autonomous robots and systems for vision based inspection or measurement. or multi-dimensional data from a medical scanner. 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. workspaces. as explored in augmented reality. The hand postures are then simultaneously detected and tracked using particle filtering. When you bring in connectivity. computer vision often produces 3D models from image data. 4. with qualitative inter-relations in terms of scale. views from multiple cameras. on the other hand. in some ways. e. relevant visual information projected on any object you pick up or interact with. pick up a box of cereal and your device will project whether it suits your preferences. To improve the performance of the system. studies and describes the processes implemented in software and hardware behind artificial vision systems. So. The hand postures or states are represented in terms of hierarchies of multi-scale color image features at different scales. how to transform one image to another. his characterization implies that image processing/analysis neither require assumptions nor produce interpretations about the image content. Computer vision tends to focus on the 3D scene projected onto one or several images. In each image. more natural. There is also a trend towards a combination of the two disciplines. e. The software tracks the user¶s gestures using computer-vision based algorithms.4. 4.. computer vision is concerned with the theory behind artificial systems that extract information from images. a researcher at the media lab of the Massachusetts Institute Technology. e. Pranav Mistry. Machine vision tends to focus on applications.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. 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. you can get instant. mainly in manufacturing. image analysis and machine vision. with an extension of layered sampling referred to as hierarchical layered sampling. above all. a prior on skin color is included in the particle filtering.. Computer vision. washing machine.
energy and time. Here. we consider an enterprise setting of the future where people (or rather their employee badges) and their personal objects such as books. 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 there is good coverage of RFID readers in the workplace. 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. 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. . 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. SixthSense incorporates algorithms that start with a mass of undifferentiated tags and automatically infer a range of information based on an accumulation of observations. It is a platform in that its programming model makes the inferences made automatically available to applications via a rich set of APIs.4. Adaption and Control. 4. and mobile phones are tagged with cheap. laptops. 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. objects. Ideal washing machine for thorough washing that requires sixth sense to detect stubborn stains and adjust wash impact. SixthSense infers when a user has interacted with an object. Sense. Applications can either poll these databases by running SQL queries or set up triggers to be notified of specific events of interest. learn the nature of different zones in a workspace (e. All Whirlpool appliances with intelligent 6th Sense technology work on three key principles. Whirlpool 6th Sense washing machines can save you up to 50% less water. which are then recorded in a separate processed database. infer the ownership of objects by people. passive RFID tags. and workspace zones. and perform other such inferences. Whirlpool 6th Sense appliances are designed to be intelligent and energy efficient appliances that adapt their performance to better suit your needs. when you pick up your mobile phone.g.2 Sixth Sense Washing Machine Whirlpool AWOE 8758 White Washing Machine is a remarkable front loader that incorporates the unparalleled Sixth Sense technology. The inference algorithms consume these raw events to infer events at the level of people. to ensure that they achieve optimal performance each and every time that they are used. Some models also contain a detergent overdosing monitor to make sure that you do not use too much washing detergent. including a misplaced object alert service. like an Amazon rating. and rich annotation of video with physical events. an enhanced calendar service. the researchers have prototyped a few applications using these APIs. water and time. To demonstrate the capabilities of the platform. private office versus conference room). learn the identities of people. SixthSense records all tag-level events in a raw database.image recognition or radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and project information. The New Generation 6th Sense appliances from Whirlpool are helping to protect the environment and to reduce your energy bills. By combining information from these diverse sources.. The technology is able to automatically differentiate between people tags and object tags. energy and time during the cycle.
3 Check the time Figure 5.5: Drawing The drawing application lets the user draw on any surface by tracking the fingertip movements of the user¶s index finger. a newspaper can show live video news or dynamic information can be provided on a regular piece of paper.1 Make a call Figure 5. The fingers of the other hand will then be used to key in the number and call. then use that virtual keypad to make a call. Thus a piece of paper turns into a video display. 5.6 Zooming features . The following are few of the applications of Sixth Sense Technology. recognizes the gesture. No mobile device will be required. 5. 5.4: 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. for example. viability and flexibility of the system. The keys will come up on the fingers.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.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. and instructs the projector to flash the image of a watch onto his wrist. 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 5.5 Drawing application Figure 5. 5. to zoom in and out and do other controls.4 Create multimedia reading experiences Figure 5. The SixthSense device has a huge number of applications. For example. The computer tracks the red marker cap or piece of tape. Calling a number also will not be a great task with the introduction of Sixth Sense Technology.2 Call up a map Figure 5.Chapter 5 APPLICATIONS The SixthSense prototype implements several applications that demonstrate the usefulness. 5. just type in the number with your palm acting as the virtual keypad.1: Make a call You can use the Sixth Sense to project a keypad onto your hand.
11 Feed information on people Figure 5. The system can project Amazon ratings on that book. It uses hand gestures to interact with digital information.7: Product information Maes says Sixth Sense uses image recognition or marker technology to recognize products you pick up. projecting relevant information such as what they do.11: Information on people Sixth Sense also is capable of "a more controversial use´.9 Take pictures Figure 5. For example.6: Zoom in and Zoom out The user can zoom in or zoom out using intuitive hand movements. SixthSense does not change human habits but causes computer and other machines to adapt to human needs. then feeds you information on books. There is no need to carry a camera anymore. 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. Chapter 6 ADVANTAGES AND ENHANCEMENTS . as well as reviews and other relevant information 5. When you go out and meet someone. then feeds you information on those products. The device could be used by anyone without even a basic knowledge of a keyboard or mouse. It is portable and easy to carry as we can wear it in our neck. making the entire world your computer. 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. we can project them onto a surface. if you're trying to shop "green" and are looking for paper towels with the least amount of bleach in them.8 Get book information Figure 5.Figure 5. and use gestures to sort through the photos. 5. and organize and resize them.9: Take Pictures If we fashion our index fingers and thumbs into a square (the typical "framing" gesture). If we are going for a holiday. the system will snap a photo. 5. then from now on . 5.8: Book information Maes says Sixth Sense uses image recognition or marker technology to recognize products you pick up.7 Get product information Figure 5. where they work. 5.10 Get flight updates Figure 5. and also m it could display tags about the person floating on their shirt. 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. 6.1 Advantages SixthSense is an user friendly interface which integrates digital information into the physical world and its objects. After taking the desired number of photos.
http://boingboing.net/sixth-sense-tec.. To have 3D gesture tracking..wordpress. http://www. To make sixth sense work as fifth sense for disabled person..html 3.ld-forever 4... http://lucasrichter.com/Thread-sixth-sense-technology-7186#ixzz0unL6hY00 Sixth Sense Technology will Revolutionize the World SCIENCE | July 26. Applying this technology in various interest like gaming.ping-this/ Reference: http://www. education systems etc. CONCLUSION The key here is that Sixth Sense recognizes the objects around you. 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. Clearly.hnolo.wards it will be easy to capture photos by using mere fingers 6..2 Future Enhancements To get rid of color markers To incorporate camera and projector inside mobile computing device.com/5167790/sixth-sense-t. Whenever we place pendant.. 2009 | Share . that is.net/2009/11/12/sixth-s.com/sixth-sense-technology/ 2. this has the potential of becoming the ultimate "transparent" user interface for accessing information about everything around us.blendernation.com/2009/0. in the simplest way possible. REFERENCES 1. it may change the way we interact with the real world and truly give everyone complete awareness of the environment around us. http://theviewspaper. it should allow us to use the table as multi touch user interface. http://gizmodo. But as it is now.seminarprojects..style wearable device on table.the-world/ 5.
. 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. He is a PhD student at MIT and he won the µInvention of the Year 2009 µ. feeling. Pranav Mistry. walls and physical objects around us to be used as interfaces. 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. 28 year old. making the entire world a computer. table or any other object and uses hand / arm movements to help us interact with the projected information. It is basically a connection to something greater than what their physical senses are able to perceive. The device is pendant shaped like mobile wearing devices. the user can get to know whether the product is eco friendly or not. while the camera recognizes and tracks user¶s hand gestures and physical objects using computer-vision based techniques.by Popular Science. But there is also another sense called the sixth sense. It also supports multi touch and multi user interaction. it would be something supernatural.All of us are aware of the five basic senses ± seeing. of Indian origin is the mastermind behind the sixth sense technology. Firstly. Both the projector and the camera are connected to the mobile computing device in the user¶s pocket. To add to it. While picking up any good at the grocery store. Mapping can also be done anywhere with the features of zooming in or zooming out. For book lovers it is nothing less than a blessing. all one has to do is to just gesture drawing circle on the wrist and there appears a wrist watch. pick any page and the device gives additional information on the text. Some might just consider it to be a superstition or something psychological. It can project information on any surface. user friendly interface which links the physical world around us with digital information and uses hand gestures to interact with them. The device brings us closer to reality and assists us in making right decisions by providing the relevant information. The camera also helps user to take pictures of the scene he is viewing and later he can arrange them on any surface. He invented µ Sixth Sense / WUW ( Wear UR World) µ which is a wearable gestural . thereby. mirror and a camera. The device serves the purpose of a computer plus saves time spent on searching information. Still more work is being done on the device and when fully developed. Some of the more practical uses are reading a newspaper. it is portable and easily to carry as you can wear it in your neck. comments and lot more add on features. To a layman. it will definitely revolutionize the world. That¶s not it. The device has a huge number of applications. departure or delay time of your air plane on your tickets. The Sixth Sense prototype consists of a pocket projector. The projector projects visual information enabling surfaces. Currently the prototype of the device costs around $350 to build. The device can also tell you arrival. smelling. To know the time. tasting and hearing. Open any book and you will find the Amazon ratings of the book. be it a wall. The device sees what we see but it lets out information that we want to know while viewing the object. But the invention of sixth sense technology has completely shocked the world. Or live sports updates while reading the newspaper. The drawing application lets user draw on any surface by observing the movement of index finger. Imagine reading a newspaper and viewing videos instead of the photos in the paper.
Whatever it is. Need to know the time? Draw a circle on your wrist and a watch will appear. The camera recognizes objects around you instantly. all the information stored on the web. Just look at objects. and overlaying the information on the world itself. The true power of Sixth Sense lies on its potential to connect the real world with the Internet. [TED] Send an email to Jesus Diaz. this has the potential of becoming the ultimate "transparent" user interface for accessing information about everything around us. Sixth Sense can also obey hand gestures. you can access or manipulate the information using your fingers. and the system will make the photo²which you can later organize with the others using your own hands over the air. including the object itself or your hand. But as it is now. Want to take a photo? Just make a square with your fingers. Sixth Sense is a mini-projector coupled with a camera and a cellphone²which acts as the computer and your connection to the Cloud. in the simplest way possible. Just hold it in front of your and it will work. 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. Or just make a few people look like dorks. the author of this post. Sixth Sense will grab real time information about your flight and display it over the ticket. It can go either way. The key here is that Sixth Sense recognizes the objects around you. Or maybe what wine you should get for tonight's dinner. You can be in a taxi going to the airport. Imagine you are at the supermarket. it may change the way we interact with the real world and truly give everyone complete awareness of the environment around us. . hold them on your hands. thinking about what brand of soap is better. that is. instead of requiring you to be in front of a big screen like Tom Cruise. Sixth Sense can do its magic²and a lot more²everywhere.Basically. I want to try it.com. However. Need to make a call? Extend your hand on front of the projector and numbers will appear for you to click. displaying information automatically and letting you access it in any way you want. You won't need to do any action. highlighting what you want to frame. or if it fits your preferences or not. at jesus@gizmodo. and Sixth Sense will show you if it's good or bad. Clearly. Now take this to every aspect of your everyday life. like in the infamous Minority Report. and just by taking out your boarding pass. with the micro-projector overlaying the information on any surface. even while you are jumping hysteric over Oprah's sofa. really.
because of fear and ignorance programmed through religion. Everyone is aware of their five basic senses. This is the same scientific phenomenon that works in the transmission of electronic information such as the television or radio. The difference being that psychic and medium communication is in its infancy as far as future development goes. people associate the spirit world with fear and trepidation. even by laws that haven¶t been discovered yet. are in denial. anyone that would have predicted one hundred years ago where we would be today. Although. smelled them. been touched by them. it is no less scientific. everyone that is alive today has seen them. heard from them. This is the entrance to the world of the unseen encounter. and to where they will eventually go when they give up their physical body. The sixth sense is a part of everyone whether or not they like it. a connection to something more and greater than their physical senses are able to perceive. Consider technology that we take for granted. while electronic tuning is reliable. Contrary to the media¶s misrepresentations. 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. hearing and tasting. Electronic tuning is done through electronic means that is mechanical in nature. A person has more to fear going to their car in the parking lot after work than from those souls in the spirit world. smelling. Thanks to the media and to religion. intent and desire being the means. It has a scientific basis for its manifestation because all things that happen work according to scientific laws. feeling. You¶ve already had contact. This is . One doesn¶t have to be a practiced medium or an ordained saint to make contact with the souls from the spirit world. Every human being is equipped from birth with what they need to communicate with the spirit world from where they came. it has been misrepresented and as a result. What everyone is not so well aware of is their sixth sense. These require that you tune into a particular band or frequency to get the program that you want. At one time or another. It is a normal part of the human psyche and not abnormal or reserved for special or gifted persons. Nothing to fear. consistent and tangible. Those that can¶t recall having the experience are not aware of the signs or. So it is with mediums and communication with the so-called dead. It is scientific. would have been laughed to scorn. either while in the waking state or through a dream. Mental tuning. it is a science in its infancy. tuning by mental focus is inconsistent and capricious. the unfelt touch of someone from the spiritual world trying to make a connection with someone in the physical body. seeing. the unheard communication. those in spirit do not have physical bodies to carry out evil deeds like some thug in a parking lot. Spiritual tuning is done through the brain with mental focus._____________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________\ How to develop your sixth sense Everyone has it. that sense of otherworldliness.
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. you will need to practice diligently a number of exercise techniques to get feed back while developing these abilities. A circle means weekly meetings where like minded people can practice in a positive environment. 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. Next. to get familiar with the sense of the action and presence of the energy involved. it becomes a matter of adopting a certain kind of mind set that is necessary to cultivate a power thinking process. This will give you a perception of how involved and integrated is the underlying hidden power that caused the event to take place. If they hadn't focused their attention on it. Focusing on even the smallest instance of psychic phenomena that happens to your self and to people around you.the first step in development of your sixth sense. 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. Psychic Power . Focus To begin tuning into this force you need to learn about focusing. People. Play the event around in your mind continually. recognizing the times that you have been touched by those in the spirit world. Practice To advance. animals and plants are all connected to the hidden energy of universal consciousness that permeates the entire universe and 'wires' all of us together. 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. then they wouldn't be what they are. 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.Connecting with Universal Energy. The next important requirement. 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. These vibrations are not just for the so called 'gifted' persons. but for everyone who makes the effort to learn its secrets. Understanding and accepting this concept is the most important requirement to developing one's own latent ability. Another thing you can do is to visit the pages on Esp and Telepathy which is part of this .
This development is a primer for those who feel they'd like to continue into mediumship. What is ESP? Esp . they have increased their mind power by a quantum leap above other people. Although. The four symbol tests and on the following pages are designed to gage your basic Esp ability. Even if you don't perform well with the symbol cards. Mental telepathy makes possible the "knowing" about past future or current events that is not supposed to be part of our knowledge. it makes a lot of difference in how fast you progress. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Esp Test. smelling. (not one of those hotlines advertised on TV or in magazines). and hearing. They are not games.website. You can develop a lot more quickly when you practice meditation. The five senses are seeing. suddenly begin to happen. Following these. is said to be 'extra'. Esp is mental telepathy. Just practicing all these exercises increases your mind's ability to send and receive information that will be an asset to your life. it is placed in the realm of "extra" almost as though it was bizarre or abnormal and not part of the human . it doesn't matter. That will be your proof and reward for developing the power of your mind. there are two Telepathy exercises for you to further develop the power of your mind. There you'll find tests and practices which will help you to begin developing your latent psychic abilities. 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. You will then begin to notice that the things that you want to happen. It enables them to send and receive information almost at will to influence things that are important to them. Its called MIND CONTROL. The symbol cards along with the telepathy exercises help to discipline and train your mind to focus. so you can get the feel of the energy involved. but rather exercises for someone who is serious about psychic mind development. Telepathy and Mind Control The Purpose of These Tests and Exercises. Meditation In addition to these practices. precognition are all perceived through mental telepathy. clairvoyance. When a person develops their ESP. feeling. our other sense. Mind reading. When someone demonstrates an ability to send and receive information that is not part of their five ordinary senses. These are considered to be our 'normal' senses and any sense or gathering of information. this is not a rigid requirement. Its best to be directly in the vibration of a the person giving the reading. . 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. the student should learn to meditate. or out of the ordinary. tasting.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.
Psychics and mediums use extrasensory perception. This is how clairvoyants. Print the score sheet page. After you read the instructions on how to test and keep score. you can print the symbols and paste them on cards. Each of the tests covers a different aspect of mind control and telepathy. you'll naturally need a color printer. Test your self with all four. 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. and you can use it for keeping score. Remember that the important thing is not in how well you score. their score often times goes down. Don't get bored. But they all have one thing in common. It is important to maintain enthusiasm and interest when testing your self because it has been found to make a difference.psyche or sense abilities. psychics and mediums know secret and private information about another person's life and are able to advise them. When a person begins to get bored. practice and effort. switching off when you lose interest in one or the other. Some of them discovered that they had the ability at a young age and some not until later in their life. telepathic ability is available to all those willing to practice and learn how to increase this talent that is given to everyone at birth. However. The instructions how to do it are on each of the symbol pages. Release Date: 8/6/99 (wide) Running Length: 1:45 . 4 varieties of colors and symbols. but rather to improve and cultivate it through patience. That is why we have presented here. The Sixth Sense A Film Review by James Berardinelli United States. Many people can now benefit from their diligence and persistence in their own self development.S. but in the practice which leads to telepathy and mind control. There are also telepathic exercises that require 2 people which will help add an expanded dimension to the exercises. 1999 U. They made a decision not to ignore it. For color symbols. Do all of them repeatedly and on a rotation basis.
Unfortunately. . to get to that point. Toni Collette. Praying with Anger. her snores could be heard throughout the theater. Shyamalan has backslided alarmingly with The Sixth Sense. Lynn (Toni Collette). This is not a strong or effectively executed screenplay. one of Crowe's few failures. and being set in Shyamalan's home city of Philadelphia). Cole sees and hears things that others cannot. Crowe begins to work with 9-year old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). and he is afraid to open up to his mother. daring viewers to remain awake. Some interesting things happen during the final half-hour of The Sixth Sense. The dialogue is stilted. Haley Joel Osment. Donnie Wahlberg Director: M. On the night that Crowe and his wife. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a revered psychologist who has just earned an award from the mayor for his efforts with children. writer/director M. Olivia Williams. A gulf has developed between him and his wife. While this picture shares many qualities with Wide Awake (a child protagonist. Night Shyamalan Producers: Kathleen Kennedy. But the task he has set for himself is not an easy one. There are some interesting ideas in The Sixth Sense . one critic at the screening wasn't as lucky. then shoots himself and his doctor. and 1998's appealing Wide Awake. a central spiritual theme. a boy who shows similar problems to those displayed by Vincent Gray at that age. I had to employ all of my usual tricks to keep from falling asleep. they arrive home to find an intruder in their bathroom. Crowe is determined to accomplish for Cole what he could not do for his former patient. There's no sense of subtlety. Perhaps another draft (or a complete re-write) of the script would have attenuated the amplitude of the flaws. After showing great strides of maturity between his ineffective debut. are celebrating his triumph. Cut to "Next Fall. the movie doesn't even play by its own rules. including a clever (albeit entirely predictable) twist at the very end. It is not well written. With the exception of Cole." Crowe has recovered from his wounds physically but not emotionally.85:1 Cast: Bruce Willis. he brandishes a gun. And there's a lack of internal consistency and logic. Night Shyamalan has taken a huge step in the wrong direction.especially the way in which Cole's acceptance of his abilities brings about an awakening . Alas. Frank Marshall. Distributor: Hollywood Pictures With his third feature effort. The characters say and do things only because the plot makes certain demands of them. turgidly paced film making this side of Meet Joe Black. Barry Mendel Screenplay: M. it's necessary to endure 75 minutes of some of the most dull. Anna (Olivia Williams). This movie plods along. The once-loving couple hardly talks and he suspects that she's having an affair. As a means to assuage his guilt. well acted. or well directed. no character has more dimensions than a sheet of paper. He is Vincent Gray (Donnie Wahlberg). Night Shyamalan Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto Music: James Newton Howard U. After rambling about Crowe's faults as a psychiatrist and asking "Do you know why you're afraid when you're alone?".S.but the good things are deeply buried. for fear that she will think he's a freak.MPAA Classification: PG-13 (Violent images. it's an inferior product. mature themes) Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 1.
Shyamalan fails to cull the most he can from the young actor. Lynn's relationship with Cole. I expected a more captivating performance. Nevertheless. Toni Collette (Muriel's Wedding) deserves recognition for doing something with an underwritten role. unlike in movies such as What Dreams May Come. 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. It's a shame. but she's not on screen enough for us to recognize her as anything more significant than a footnote to the main story. Today's society has an undeniable fascination with supernatural/pseudo-religious issues.) and Bogus. which could have been an emotional cornerstone of The Sixth Sense. 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). It doesn't work. At its best. it's merely competent.The Sixth Sense is obviously an attempt by Bruce Willis to broaden his range. based on his past work. a child thespian who has shown promise in films like Forrest Gump (as Forrest Jr. Part of the problem is undoubtedly that his character is badly written. 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. Osment's work here is merely adequate. © 1999 James Berardinelli Back Up . feels muted. after that. There's only one scene between these two that possesses any depth (and that happens near the end). he has a tendency to fade into the background. unimaginative vision. it has a movie making-bythe-numbers feel. at it's worst. Willis' co-star is young Haley Joel Osment. because much of the film's impact depends on our understanding a few things about Anna. Only in the first scene does Willis exhibit any life. best known for action roles in films like Die Hard. Osment is occasionally effective. Olivia Williams (Rushmore) is criminally underused. has effectively explored a few dramatic parts in the past (most notably in In Country). this motion picture is saddled with a murky. There are undoubtedly those who will enjoy The Sixth Sense simply because of the spiritual angle. (Is there any other way to explain the success of pabulum like TV's "Touched by an Angel"?) But. but. The actor. Unfortunately. but there's also a distinct lack of energy in the performance. Meanwhile.
Yes. Mystery Men is appealing at times. Lena Olin. much in the same vein as Blade Runner. but more often then should be the script is just too bad. a major metropolis' hero and crime fighter. Greg Kinnear. three more heroes join the group: Invisible Boy (Mitchell) who has never actually been seen doing his named ability. 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. Macy. The film is nice to look at very often. The cast does try. Tom Waits. Pras. Kel Mitchell.Mystery Men (Dir: Kinka Usher. Janeane Garofalo. Eddie Izzard. but more of a overlong bore and an unfunny choice for good actors. Furious (Stiller). The group is lead by Mr. Claire Forlani. The Spleen (Reubens) who can take out a room via flatulence. The other founding fathers of the "Mystery Men" are the silverware throwing Blue Raja (Azaria) and garden tool expert The Shoveler (Macy). When Captain Amazing (Kinnear). Mystery Men's actors do put forth a nice effort. Macy besides Psycho). and Rick Jay) more BY: DAVID PERRY One of the most non-sensical and annoying films of the year. It has a terrific cast. William H. Hank Azaria. is taken hostage by an evil madman named Cassanova Frankenstein (Rush) and his psychiatrist turned accomplice Dr. then this might be your type of film). Starring Ben Stiller. Paul Reubens. there are some very good laughs. The art direction is terrific. 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). a madcap group of superhero wannabes band together to save Captain Amazing and the city from the destruction of Frankenstein. After taking in applicants. Mystery Men proves that great casting cannot save a bad film. BUY THIS FILM'S REVIEWS OF THIS FILM . Geoffrey Rush. the problem is that that can only take you so far. 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. Anabel Leek (Olin). Wes Studi. but then any hilarity would subside as the film would be filled with even more flat jokes. I thought that the direction did have some nice moments. but their characters are less than interesting enough to make an ensemble for a film. Mystery Men is somewhat of a spoof of the whole superhero genre of both films and comic books. and The Bowler (Garofalo) who can throw a bowling ball like a cannon/boomerang thanks to the skull of her father.
respectively. Eamon Morrissey. and John Cusack) more BY: DAVID PERRY I've never been the biggest of fans of actor Aidan Quinn. and Looking for Richard. and all three of them serve as executive producers. 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. In Dreams. . 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. Aiden stars while brothers Paul and Declan serve as writer/director and cinematographer. Colm Meaney. Moya Farrelly. He takes the trip to Ireland with his nephew (Tierney) and learns everything from a soothe-seer (Deady) that was friendly with Fiona. 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. Sure I have liked him in stuff like Legends of the Fall. Since Practical Magic is hard to forgive. Jacob Tierney. I have actually had some respect for Declan over the years. 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. I was not too excited about seeing This Is My Father. This is his first try at the three suits he wears and it shows. This Is My Father looks much like a film made simply to bring people together than as an achievement in filmmaking. Pauline Hutton. Starring Aidan Quinn. Kieran Johnson. Moira Deady. The son. Brenden Gleeson. Stephen Rea.FROM AMAZON. is a Chicago teacher that is interested in the secrets kept by his invalid mother. a collaboration of Quinn's family. John Kavanaugh. James Caan. Michael Collins. but Paul was nearly unknown by me. Donal Donnelly.COM This is My Father (Dir: Paul Quinn. Gina Moxley. Maria McDermottroe.
Starring Bruce Willis. as I found it to be a slight work.COM The Sixth Sense (Dir: M. The Sixth Sense is much more a drama. and Trevor Morgan) more BY: DAVID PERRY Advertised as a tense thriller with horror film tendencies. It does have some spots that are strategically made to scare the audience. Haley Joel Osment. Caan. Donnie Wahlberg. BUY THIS FILM'S REVIEWS OF THIS FILM FROM AMAZON. quite a waste of time.dead. Olivia Williams. . Quinn. walk by the camera. but all the same I enjoyed This Is My Father.. The subplot between Johnson's nephew and a local girl (Hutton) is boring and idiotic. Most of the film is on the shoulders of its terrific cast. and Farrelly all shine in the lead roles. though they are overshadowed by a terrific supporting cast. Mischa Barton. In fact it came off to me as an episode of The Twilight Zone mixed with Wide Awake. I was not enthralled by the film. The Wide Awake thing is understandable since this is from the same director. The Sixth Sense doesn't even have spooky moments like The Blair Witch Project or even tongue in cheek horror like Idle Hands. Rea. and Meaney. that you should predict is a dead person. but not all of it is believable or interesting. Moxley.The film does have a nice story and some very nice scenes. but none of those moments work. Night Shyamalan. giving reason for the sappiness of the films ending.. For the most part. Gleeson. Deady. especially from Cusack. the film attempts to startle you by having someone. Toni Collette.
but the real acting ability here is in Osment. My only real big complaint is in the ending.The Sixth Sense follows the attempts of child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Willis) to understand the acute schizophrenia of 11 year old Cole Sear (Osment). 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). but I truly hated the sappiness that the film went into in the final moments. though at times I though that it was trying too hard to be catchy (plus it was in dire need of a steadycam). The Sixth Sense does succeed well in drama. It seems that Cole believes that he sees dead people walking around unaware of the fact that they are dead.COM . The direction by Shyamalan is good. despite being highly flawed. I thought that maybe they had accidentally let Tom Shadyac or Joe Johnston take over the finale. 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). I also liked the cinematography from Jonathan Demme mainstay Tak Fujimoto. I did like the little suprise that comes at the climax. I liked Willis in this as well as Collette and Williams (though not their finest work). 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. His performance is above anything from a preteen this year and arguably the best supporting role of the year. BUY THIS FILM'S REVIEWS OF THIS FILM FROM AMAZON. but all of its comedy and suspense turns out rather flat. Still it is a worthwhile film to see.
but I must take any chance I get to voice my disgust for those two films).. Aladdin. Harry Connick Jr. The Iron Giant successfully evokes the spirit of animated films that I thought had floundered. I enjoyed its starchy characters. All this while Disney made its best film since Toy Story with Mulan. But non-Disney animation did not suddenly get better. especially since ex-Disney animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks to make The Prince of Egypt and Antz. Jennifer Aniston. Vin Diesel. It actually was better than the big Disney Summer movie that year. Time and again the two would bring out hideous cartoons like Ferngully. The two last Disney cartoons. 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). with The Iron Giant. the Last Rainforest. that wants terribly to have a pet. The great texture and colors that are made for this film make it a highly enjoyable sit in the theatre. this year it is Warner Bros. and John Mahoney) more BY: DAVID PERRY Early note: Due to the fact that it is not really a family film. South Park: Bigger. James Gammon.. His mother (Aniston) is not the biggest fan of the idea because of prior dispositions caused by Hogarth's pets.. Hogarth Hughes (Marienthal). Voices include Eli Marienthal. This monopoly has been artistically as well as financially. and I had a fun time. For years Disney has had a quasi-monopoly on animated motion pictures. But Disney has weakened as of late. and The Pebble and the Penguin. Warner Bros. All Dogs Go to Heaven. Rock-a-Doodle. Meanwhile it has been allowing its more adult divisions to make crap like Armageddon and The Other Sister (yes. I've not had this much fun in a family film since Antz. this is irrelevant. have been minor features that did not really do anything that was of great interest. At the same time Disney was showing off its animation division with Beauty and the Beast. 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 Little Mermaid. Longer & Uncut is not really considered in this write-up on animated films. though I will admit that it is better than anything from Disney in years. 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). Tarzan and A Bug's Life. Cloris Leachman. I liked its ever-so-predictable story. More classy and actually better looking than Tarzan. Though it is Fox that one-upper Disney two years ago. So Hogarth gets the next best thing to a small . The Iron Giant is the story of a boy. both for children and adults.Iron Giant (Dir: Brad Bird. Hercules. Christopher McDonald. 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.
Sure it probably gets too political towards the end. Ana Gasteyer.COM Dick (Dir: Andrew Fleming. When word gets around that there is something that has been eating everything metal in this small Maine town circa 1955. BUY THIS FILM'S REVIEWS OF THIS FILM FROM AMAZON. and G. Saul Rubinek. Harry Shearer. The film is pure enjoyment. Even if he . Bruce McCulloch. 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. Ted McGinley. Will Ferrell. From one of the directors of animated television shows like The Critic and The Simpsons.and cuddly creature: he gets a giant robot from outer space (grumbles and "argh"s thanks to Vin Diesel). Michelle Williams.D. but I have always been a big fan. I do not know why. Devon Gummersall. but it is a kid's film. 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). the film has a great look and a nice feel. Now if only Titan AE (the latest Disney competitor from Don Bluth) would be half as good. Dan Hedaya. One president that has always interested me is Richard Nixon. who cares? The chase through the small village is one of the best sequences this year and the climax is terrific. Dave Foley. 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). Teri Garr. Ryan Reynolds. Starring Kirsten Dunst. Jim Breuer.
Much like so many other films. 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. . but its approach actually works. but it really did nothing for me. the thing is that not all of it is appealing. This. I've seen the Oliver Stone film Nixon many times and enjoyed it exceedingly even if it is rather anti-Nixon. 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. there is no doubting that. Still I saw it and must admit that I had a good time. The film is fun to watch. Not only does the film answer who Deep Throat was. Foley as Haldeman). no great achievement in animation like The Iron Giant or in horror films like The Blair Witch Project. Nixon has always been one of my favorites (it helps that I'm a stout Republican). Its teen comedy approach looked thoroughly stupid and left me rather doubtful on how worthwhile it would be. 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. Despite that I did not think much about seeing Dick. Breuer as Dean. The ending is rather insipid (though I did like the climax) and the film does run rather long. Still the two leads put forth good tries. it is just entertaining. Sure it does not sit well and it seemed better in the theatre than it does in post-thought. 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. It seems that all this was caused by two 15 year old girls that were in the Watergate Hotel the night of the robbery. I liked the film. 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. They happen to run into G. 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. 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. Dick is simply fun. 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). especially Dunst.had a corrupt administration and was actually the only president that had a great chance of being removed from office.