David Merrill

president & co-founder, Sifteo
San Francisco, CA, United States

About David


David Merrill is co-founder and president of Sifteo, a company based in San Francisco building the future of play. Sifteo's first product is a tabletop user interface made of wireless graphical tiles that enables unique play and learning applications. David is a graduate of the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. His work explores how human interactions with computers can leave the limitations of the desktop interface behind, through the development of physical-digital tools that operate comfortably in our real-world environments. He has lectured in computer science at Stanford University and led music controller design workshops at the MIT Media Lab. David holds a Ph.D. and MS from the MIT Media Lab, and an MS in Computer Science and BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.


English, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2012, TED2009

Areas of Expertise

Surfing; as in ocean waves

An idea worth spreading

Science needs a better P.R. campaign

I'm passionate about

Making the ways that we use computers more playful and hands-on.

Talk to me about

hacking, DIY, new interfaces, embedded systems, gesture, electronic music interfaces, game controllers, the pacific ocean, photography, santa cruz ca

People don't know I'm good at

Although I don't enjoy heights, I am extremely sure-footed.