Pranav Mistry was born on 14 May 1981 in Palanpur, Gujarat. He is a Techonology scientist and Innovator. At present, he serves as Global Vice President of Research at Samsung and leading Think Tank Team that is actively working on inventing experience-centric future products and technologies. He is known for his contribution in innovations like SixthSense, Flow, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Project Beyond. His research interests include Wearable Computing, Augmented reality, Gestural interaction, AI, Machine vision, Collective intelligence and Robotics.


He has completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Nirma Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad one of renowned engineering institute in the state of Gujarat. He holds a master’s degree in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and Master of Design from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Mumbai. Later he was a research assistant and a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab.

SixthSense Technology

In his TED talks session, He briefly explained how he came up with this idea. He said “We grew up interacting with the physical objects around us unlike our computing devices, these objects are much more fun to use with.”  Like Mouse, that you can roll over and use to interact and perform actions on Computer Screen. Its fun. Being intuitive about technology, He was curious on how can these gestures be used to interact with computing device and how he can connect physical world and digital world seamlessly.

This led to his research on inventing such wearable devices that can interact with digital world by doing gestures. He started his research with using couple of mouse and ended up with creating a sixth sense device that can use almost any surface as an interface to transfer digital information.

Device has projector, mirror, camera that tracks all the gestures that you perform with your hands. Device lets you take photo of any place just by making gesture of taking photo instead of taking out a camera. This is just one of the many features that you can use device for.


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Notable Achievements

He holds number of patents under his hood like Digital user interface for inputting Indic scripts, Radio frequency control of computing system, Single hardware control initiated switching between application and utilities, Wearable Gestural Interface, Software-aided creation of animated stories, Methods and Apparatus for Touch-Based Transfer to name a few.

All these inventions has lend him many recognition and awards :

  • Young Global Leader 2013 Award
  • World Economic Forum Young Alumnus Award 2012
  • IIT Bombay Listed as one of the ‘50 Most Creative People of the Year 2010’,
  • CREATIVITY 50. Winner of ‘TR35 2009’ award, Technology Review. Winner of ‘INVENTION OF THE YEAR 2009’ award, Popular Science.
  • Winner of ‘Young Indian Innovator 2009’ award, Digit Magazine.
  • Winner of ‘Netexplorateurs of the Year 2010’ award,
  • Netexplorateurs Grand Prix 2010,
  • France Nominee for Forbes India’s Person of the Year 2009. Speaker for TED India 2010 talk on ‘sixthsense’,
  • TED India 2010, Mysore, India. Speaker for TED 2009 talk on ‘sixthsense’,
  • TED 2009, Long Beach, CA.
  • 2nd in SPACE competition in SIGGRAPH2004, Los Angeles.
  • 1st in Innovation Fair at India level, for project MARBO. Best Paper in USID2007 for ‘Akshar’.
  • All India 3rd in National Open Hardware Contest at IIT Bombay for project DATAG2.02
  • 3rd in Model Presentation at INGENIUM 2002. 3 rd in Creative art competition organized by ISRO.
  • 1st in Design competition organized by IEEE, India chapter.
  • 2nd in website designing organized by ACES. Selected for the prestigious DIRUBHAI AMBANI FOUNDATION AWARD for for securing 1st rank in district.
  • 2nd in on the spot Model Making contest at techfest2001 at IIT Bombay.

Source of Achievements list : Pranav Mistry Official website 

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