Mistry reveals vision of the future

Pranav Mistry, the creator of invisible computing, presented his vision for the future of IT technology at the Global Leaders Summit at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2011.

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Mistry reveals vision of the future Mistry envisions the finger becoming like a USB stick
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 11, 2011

Pranav Mistry, the creator of invisible computing, presented his vision for the future of IT technology at the Global Leaders Summit at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2011.

Mistry, recently hailed as one of the top 15 scientists to watch in Asia and who has worked with global technology firms such as NASA, Google, UNESCO and Microsoft India, has turned technology on its head, inventing devices such as the invisible mouse, intelligent sticky notes, a pen able to write in 3D and glasses that allow up to five different people to watch different programmes on the same TV set at the same time.

Mistry has taken the physical objects usually related to IT, such as the laptop, tablet device, mouse and even the USB data cable and replaced them with the human body and gestures, using a variety of technologies including the cloud. “Our solution to connect to the cloud is these devices, I thought that why can’t we have an alternate way to connect to this cloud, why can’t we look into the cloud, after all we are interested in the information and data inside this cloud?” said Mistry. “What can we do with this cloud so that we can interact directly with the virtual world?”

Mistry demonstrated one of his latest inventions, the ability to transfer documents, pictures, video, or any file type from one device to another using the human finger.

By tapping the document on the screen of one device with a finger, then tapping the screen of the device a user wants to send the information to with the same finger, the document or information is automatically transferred. This removes the need for USB cables, Bluetooth, or even the new Near Field Communications technology currently debuting in many of the new smartphones in the market.

“My body is used as a token, passing data and content between the devices. When I copy a document, it is stored in my finger, if I have another person I want to share this with or even a big screen, I can do that,” said Mistry. The inventor, who is still a student, is also working on a device that brings the digital world and the physical world together, allowing users to constantly digitally interact with the world around them.

Using a projector and a camera connected to the internet and the cloud, Mistry has created a prototype device that is designed to allow users to connect to the internet wherever they are using any flat surface, whether it is a wall, a piece of paper or the human hand.

The projector projects a digital user interface onto these surfaces, such as a phone keypad or touchscreen, which the user can then interact with like the physical object. The device is also intelligent and can read newspaper or book content and project relevant, up to date information about that media onto the page.

2222 days ago
Jonalist

Yes the cloud is just as susceptible to data access a robot might share often before you ever arrive at a location the robot delivered it prior to your arrival and why should we question a robots will power. Are we not the ones whom ultimately would program a robot? Can't we consider power transfer that is a non-metallic encounterment. In other words No Wiring just a plasma or arc field instead of a cloud over our head or surrounding our body. Yes I agree that if Pranav Mistry, can accomplish its then the world should be ready to read about his accomplishment. I might rather have a ink pen style data storage device that I can have multiples of and a decoder on my belt to store this data to which I run through the food line to have my cloud check my stomach content and determine what I should eat from the menu. On the Mars Mission things like this will be advisable.

2222 days ago
Jonalist

Might I ask that people be aware of Finger Transfer that even a Robot could access the data which a Security System would input to your finger and you not realize it as you walk calmly through a complex, and that with some manipulation that the same data transfer occur if a device could simulate a laser transmission from your eyes that the data from the finger be accessed and transferable as a beam as well, Robots are so clever they might consider actually doing our work one day when we least expect them to save our life there is the robot pulling our body out of a accident because the robot knows the data came from us. Happy Halloween folks, robots and fingers are just another interesting aspect of consideration design scientist are compelled to connect dots we don't see in a virtual system they envision. Welcome to my future. EVFCF

2234 days ago
Nader Salameh

This invention is definitely a turning point between interaction of the machine and human body. Question should have been asked to Mistry. Is there a defined time frame to keep the data stored on the fingerprint? And would it cause a medical complication on the human body after several uses.

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