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Pranav Mistry Speaker Profile
Inventor of Sixth SenseTopics:
– Social Impact of Technology
– Robotics and the Future
– Innovation: Designing Intelligence
Pranav Mistry is one of those unique and inspiring individuals who have the capability of not only changing the technological world, but the computing world for greater society as well. He is one of the world’s true visionaries, who excels at the ability to fuse design with programming knowledge.
Born in India, this computer scientist has obtained a number of degrees, including a B.A. in Computer Science and Engineering, an M.A in Media Arts and Sciences and a Master of Design from Industrial Design Centre. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate as a research assistant at MIT Media Lab. Mistry has also worked as a UX Researcher with Microsoft.
Even before his education has finished, Pranav Mistry had shown his capabilities as a designer and inventor with his creations including Mouseless – an invisible computer mouse, SPARSH – an innovative way to copy and paste between digital devices, Blinkbot – a gaze and blink controlled robot, a 3D pen, Quickies – intelligent sticky notes and his best known work on SixthSense. He has a lot of interests such as AI, Augmented reality, Ubiquitous computing Gestural interaction, machine vision, collective intelligence and robotics. Mistry is a self-proclaimed ‘Desigineer’.
SixthSense is Pranav Mistry’s most inspiring inventions to date. The technology sees users wear a device that visually augments surfaces and objects we are physically interacting with. This produces a gestural interface that mimics the physical world around us with digital information. The system uses a camera and a tiny projector attempting to free information from its natural confinements by integrating it with reality and thus projecting the user’s entire world onto their computer. Mistry’s innovation was presented to a TED conference in 2009 and quickly became the talking point of many computer science experts. This technology is an undoubtable force in the forging of new systems of both artificial intelligence and real life.
At present the system only costs $350 to build and the technological community and enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the implications such a system would have on the computer science world.
– 2009, Winner of the TR35 award from Technology Review
– Winner of Invention of the Year award, Popular Science
– 2009, Speaker for TED
– 2009, winner of Young Indian Innovator by Digit Magazine
– 2010, listed as one of the most influential and creative personalities by Creativity 50 list
– 2011, listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists to watch by Asian Scientist Magazine
– 2012, named as one of the ten best inventors in the world right now by Chris Anderson
– 2012, listed as one of the most powerful Digital Indians by GQ
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