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Movies and real science

In last month TED conference, Pattie Maes’ from MIT & Pranav Mistry demonstrated a wearable device.  It’s a wearable device with a projector paves the way for interaction with our environment. The device which they call “Sixth Sense” enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. A very exciting idea which opens up boundless possibilities if lives up to its claim.

One of the uses of this device they show is a live video (latest on the relevant headlines) being projected in the newspaper in your hands. When I saw this, I was reminded of a old Tamil movie – Pattanathil Bhootham (released in 1967). In the movie there is a scene where the “Genie” shows (then) latest movie songs on top of the movie’s advertisements that is in the newspaper.

Pattanathil Bhootham (1967) showing live video on a NewsPaper

What was a dream and thought super-natural 40 years ago is now a reality. Exciting to look forward to the reality of the coming decades.

Update Sep/2017: I noticed the below clip from Mayabazaar (1957), a black and white classic film that recently got digital mastered and coloured showing off a magical box that opens to become a remote display and video chat screen; amazing creativity back then.

Mayabazaar (1957) showing a laptop display and video chat

Reference links:

1.The clip from Pattanathil Bhootham (பட்டணத்தில் பூதம்) Tamil Movie released in 1967, showing the idea of videos being projected on a newspaper

2.Full movie Pattanathil Bhootham (பட்டணத்தில் பூதம்), free and legal from Rajshri.com

3.Sixth Sense demo by Pranav Mistry (forward to the minute 6:30 for the newspaper demo)