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.
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.