The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and SpaceTop, a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects.
Jinha Lee is an interface designer, engineer, and researcher working at the boundary of the physical and digital world. A 2013 TED Fellow, he is exploring ways to harness humans’ innate kinesthetic and sensory skills to impact the way we interact with the world of digital data.
Jinha is currently on leave from his Ph.D. studies at MIT Media Lab and is leading a team to design TV interfaces at Samsung Electronics in lieu of his national military duty. His recent inventions include the SpaceTop gesture-controlled 3D desktop OS, a levitating tangible interface, and a pen that penetrates into the screen.
Previously, Jinha co-founded eone-timepieces, a tactile watch brand for “everyone,” including the visually impaired, and conducted research at Sony Computer Science Lab (CSL) and Microsoft Applied Sciences. He received his B.E. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Tokyo. His works have been presented and exhibited at academic conferences and museums, and have received recognition from design and innovation awards.