Pranav Mistry

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Pranav Mistry
Pranav Mistry using SixthSense
Born (1981-05-14) 14 May 1981 (age 37)
Alma mater Nirma Institute of Technology (B.Tech.)
IIT Bombay (M.Des.)
MIT Media Lab (PhD)
Known forInventor of SixthSense, Mouseless, SPARSH, TeleTouch and head of team of Samsung Galaxy GEAR
Awards2009 TR35 by Technology Review
2010 Creativity 50
Scientific career
Institutions Samsung Electronics
Doctoral advisor Pattie Maes

Pranav Mistry (born 14 May 1981) is a computer scientist and inventor. He is the Global Senior Vice President of Research at Samsung and the head of Think Tank Team. He is best known for his work on SixthSense, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Project Beyond. [1] [2] The World Economic Forum had honored Mistry as one of the Young Global Leader in 2013.

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SixthSense is a gesture-based wearable computer system developed at MIT Media Lab by Steve Mann in 1994 and 1997, and 1998, and further developed by Pranav Mistry, in 2009, both of whom developed both hardware and software for both headworn and neckworn versions of it. It comprises a headworn or neck-worn pendant that contains both a data projector and camera. Headworn versions were built at MIT Media Lab in 1997 that combined cameras and illumination systems for interactive photographic art, and also included gesture recognition.


Early life

Mistry was born on 14 May 1981 in Palanpur, North Gujarat, India to Kirti Mistry and Nayna. [3] He has two sisters, Jigna and Sweta. He completed his bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Nirma Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Pranav holds a master's degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT and Master of Design from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay.[ citation needed ] He also dropped out of an Architectural college prior to his bachelor's degree.[ citation needed ] Later he was a research assistant and a Ph.D. candidate at MIT Media Lab.[ citation needed ] He is married to Farrah Chen. [4] [5]

Palanpur City in Gujarat, India

Palanpur is a city and a municipality of Banaskantha district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Palanpur is the administrative headquarters of the district.

North Gujarat, the Northern part of Indian state of Gujarat includes the districts of Gandhinagar, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Mehsana, and Patan.

India Country in South Asia

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He joined Samsung as the Director of Research in 2012, and currently serves as the Global Vice President of it. He introduced Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch in September 2013. Before joining MIT, Pranav worked as a UX Researcher with Microsoft. [5] In the past, he has worked with Google, CMU, NASA, UNESCO, Japan Science & Technology. [6]

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He was honored as the 'Young Global Leader 2013' by the World Economic Forum. [7]


Mistry is best known for his work on SixthSense. [8] [9] [10] Among some of his other work, Pranav has invented Mouseless – an invisible computer mouse; Sparsh – a novel way to copy-paste data between digital devices; Quickies – intelligent sticky notes that can be searched, located and can send reminders and messages; Blinkbot - a gaze and blink controlled robot; a pen that can draw in 3D; and a public map that can act as Google of physical world. [11]

The Mouseless is a proposed input device for personal computers. A prototype Mouseless, designed by Pranav Mistry of the MIT Media Lab. Mouseless replaces conventional hardware mouse with a set of infrared laser strobe, an infrared camera and image recognition software. The laser beam is optically split into a wide beam illuminating an imaginary plane above the working desk. The camera captures the pattern of invisible infrared light as it illuminates user's hand. The user rests the palm on the desk and commands the system in the same way as he or she would do with a conventional mouse.

'SPARSH' is a novel interaction method to transfer data between digital devices by simple touch gestures. Sparsh prototype system is designed and developed by Pranav Mistry, Suranga Nanayakkara of the MIT Media Lab. Sparsh lets the user touch whatever data item he or she wants to copy from a device. At that moment, the data item is conceptually saved in the user. Next, the user touches the other device he or she wants to paste/pass the saved content into. Sparsh uses touch-based interactions as indications for what to copy and where to pass it. Technically, the actual transfer of media happens via the information cloud. The user authentication is achieved by face recognition, fingerprint detection or username-password combination. Sparsh lets the user conceptually transfer media from one digital device to one's body and pass it to the other digital device by simple touch gestures. At present, Sparsh system support Android and Windows platform.

'BlinkBot' is a wearable glasses system that detects wearer's gaze and blink and use it to command a robot. The system is developed by Pranav Mistry of MIT Media Lab and Kentaro Ishii of JST.


Pranav's research on SixthSense was awarded the 2009 Invention Award by Popular Science. [8] He was also named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. [12] In 2010, he was named to Creativity Magazine's Creativity 50. [13] Mistry has been called "one of ten, best inventors in the world right now" [14] by Chris Anderson. Mistry has been listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011. [15] GQ India listed Pranav as one of the most powerful Digital Indians. [16] [17] He was listed as one of the 37 Indians of Tomorrow by India Today. [18] Pranav Mistry was also honored as Young Global Leader 2013 by World Economic Forum. [19] [20]

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