Jinha Lee works at the boundary of the physical and digital world. The TED Fellow, designer and engineer is exploring ways to weave digital information into physical space.

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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.

What others say

“Lee’s new 3-D desktop is still in the early stages. But it lights the way toward the sort of quantum leap that’s all too rare in computer interfaces. It took decades to get from the command-line interface to the graphical user interface and Apple’s Macintosh. It took decades more to get from the Mac to the touch interface of iPhones and iPads. Lee and people like him might just get us to the next revolution sooner.” — Wired

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