Video of the Week: Pranav Mistry’s Trilling SixthSense Technology

The Minority Report comes to life! Spectacular and smashingly exciting – imagine dialing a phone using your palm, or checking out the time in a clock you’ve just drawn on your wrist!

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all. (Video duration 13:51)

Pranav Mistry is a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT’s Media Lab. Before his studies at MIT, he worked with Microsoft as a UX researcher; he’s a graduate of IIT. Mistry is passionate about integrating the digital informational experience with our real-world interactions.

Some previous projects from Mistry’s work at MIT includes intelligent sticky notes, Quickies, that can be searched and can send reminders; a pen that draws in 3D; and TaPuMa, a tangible public map that can act as Google of physical world. His research interests also include Gestural and Tangible Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, AI, Machine Vision, Collective Intelligence and Robotics.

From ted.com. The interactive transcript of talk is here.

Updated: 11/23:
See Fareed Zakaria’s clip on TED, SixthSense, and India as Innovation Nation.

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Confirmed: Polt, Stroum, Prahar, Huebner, Tefft

On November 20, 2009, the US Senate confirmed the following executive nominations for the State Department:

PN1025 * ESTONIA
Michael C. Polt, of Tennessee, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Estonia.

PN956 * LUXEMBOUG
Cynthia Stroum, of Washington, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Luxembourg.

PN1075 * MICRONESIA
Peter Alan Prahar, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federated States of Micronesia.

PN1064 * NEW ZEALAND
David Huebner, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to New Zealand, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Samoa.

PN1042 * UKRAINE
John F. Tefft, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ukraine.

EXECUTIVE SESSION — (Senate – November 20, 2009)
Confirmed en bloc

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Confirmed: Fernandez, Barton, Kennard, Lomellin, King

On November 20, 2009, the US Senate confirmed the following executive nominations for the State Department:

PN872 * DEPARTMENT OF STATE (EEB)
Jose W. Fernandez, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of State
(Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs).

PN954 * DEPARTMENT OF STATE (ECOSOC)
Frederick D. Barton, of Maine, to be Representative of the United States of
America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.

PN1000 * DEPARTMENT OF STATE (UNGA)
Frederick D. Barton, of Maine, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

PN873 * DEPARTMENT OF STATE (EU)
William E. Kennard, of the District of Columbia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the European Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

PN955 * DEPARTMENT OF STATE (OAS)
Carmen Lomellin, of Virginia, to be Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador.

PN1015 * DEPARTMENT OF STATE (G/SENK)
Robert R. King, of Virginia, to be Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues, with the rank of Ambassador.

EXECUTIVE SESSION — (Senate – November 20, 2009)
Confirmed en bloc

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Confirmed: Hudson, Yohannes and Arnavat

On November 20, 2009, the US Senate confirmed the following nominations for ERBD, MCC and IADB:

PN650 * EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
James LaGarde Hudson, of the District of Columbia, to be United States
Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

PN975 * MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION
Daniel W. Yohannes, of Colorado, to be Chief Executive Officer,
Millennium Challenge Corportation.

PN976 * INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
Gustavo Arnavat, of New York, to be United States Executive Director of the
Inter-American Development Bank for a term of three years.

EXECUTIVE SESSION — (Senate – November 20, 2009)
Confirmed en bloc

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