Anand Agarawala's job: to imagine and build the computers you'll use in 20 years.

Why you should listen

Anand Agarawala is a Nigerian-born, Indian-Canadian entrepreneur, product designer and technologist. He founded BumpTop, which was acquired by Google in 2010. BumpTop is a 3D desktop user interface inspired by real desks using physics and multi-touch gestures. It started as Agarawala's master's thesis in human-computer interaction at the University of Toronto; it was presented at TED the following year and remains one of the most viewed technology demos of all time.

At Google, Agarawala worked on early versions of the home screen and core user interface on Android. He also led an effort to reboot the design of the Google+ mobile apps. He was later team lead at the Google New York Creative Lab (and modeled for Bergdorf Goodman)! He has been awarded seven patents and was named one of the "Top Entrepreneurs in Technology" by Businessweek.

Anand Agarawala’s TED talk

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Bumptop launches!

April 8, 2009

Via Mashable and ReadWriteWeb: Anand Agarwala’s Bumptop, a viral demo from TED2007, has gone live (for Windows). From Mashable’s report: Two years ago, a bright engineer, Anand Agarawala, gave a presentation at the TED conference about a new technology he and a team were working on that showed how they believed the desktop should work. […]

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BumpTop demo from TED2007, now on

June 5, 2007

Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a fresh user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3D extreme. In this physics-driven universe, important files finally get the weight they deserve via an oddly satisfying resizing feature, and the drudgery of file organization becomes a freewheeling playground full of crumpled documents and clipping-covered “walls.” Worried […]

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