Jefferson Han

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Han debuting his initial multi-touch system at TED 2006.

Jefferson Y. "Jeff" Han (born 1975) was a research scientist for New York University's (NYU) Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences until 2006, and one of the main developers of "multi-touch sensing", which unlike older touch-screen interfaces was able to recognize multiple points of contact.

Han also works on other projects in the fields of autonomous robot navigation, motion capture, real-time computer graphics, and human-computer interaction.

Career[edit]

He presented his multi-touch sensing work in February 2006 at the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) Conference in Monterey, California. TED released the video online 6 months later and it spread quickly on YouTube.[1]

Han founded a company called Perceptive Pixel to develop his touch screen technology further, and he has already shipped touch screens to parts of the military.[2] Han's technology has been featured most notably as the "Magic Wall" on CNN's Election Center coverage.[3] Han's company was acquired by Microsoft in 2012, where he remains General Manager of Perceptive Pixel hardware.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of middle-class Korean immigrants who emigrated to America in the 1970s.

Education[edit]

Han graduated from The Dalton School in New York in 1993 and studied computer science and electrical engineering for three years at Cornell University before leaving to join a start-up company to commercialize the CU-SeeMe video-conferencing software that he helped develop while an undergraduate at Cornell.[2]

Honors[edit]

Han was named to Time magazine's 2008 listing of the "100 Most Influential People in The World".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Han on TED Talks on YouTube
  2. ^ a b Can't Touch This Fast Company, February 2007
  3. ^ "CNN clarifies complex caucus cavalcade with new ‘Magic Wall’". BroadcastEngineering. January 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Han – The 2008 TIME 100 – TIME". Time. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 

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