Pranav Mistry

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Pranav Mistry
Pranav Mistry using SixthSense
Born (1981-05-14) 14 May 1981 (age 36)
Palanpur, Gujarat, India
Institutions Samsung Electronics
Alma mater Nirma Institute of Technology (B.Tech.)
IIT Bombay (M.Des.)
MIT Media Lab (PhD)
Doctoral advisor Pattie Maes
Known for Inventor of SixthSense, Mouseless, SPARSH, TeleTouch and head of team of Samsung Galaxy GEAR
Notable awards 2009 TR35 by Technology Review
2010 Creativity 50
Spouse Farrah Chen

Pranav Mistry (born 14 May 1981) is a computer scientist and Inventor. At present, he is the Global Senior Vice President of Research at Samsung and the head of Think Tank Team. He is best known for his work on SixthSense, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Project Beyond.[1][2] His research interests include Wearable Computing, Augmented reality, Ubiquitous computing, Gestural interaction, AI, Machine vision, Collective intelligence and Robotics. World Economic Forum honored Mistry as one of the Young Global Leader 2013.

Early life, Education and Research[edit]

Mistry was born on 14 May 1981 in Palanpur, North Gujarat, India to Kirti Mistry and Nayna. He has two sisters, Jigna and Sweta. He has completed his bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Nirma Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Pranav holds a master's degree in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and Master of Design from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. He also dropped out of an Architectural college prior to his bachelor's degree. Later he was a research assistant and a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab. He is married to Farrah Chen.[3][4]


He joined Samsung as the Director of Research in 2012, and now serves as the Global Vice President of the Korean company. He introduced Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch in September 2013. In the past, he has worked with Microsoft, Google, CMU, NASA, UNESCO, Japan Science & Technology to name a few.[5]

Before joining MIT, Pranav worked as a UX Researcher with Microsoft.[4]

Honored as the 'Young Global Leader 2013'by World Economic Forum.[6]


Mistry is best known for his work on SixthSense.[7][8][9] Among some of his other work, Pranav has invented Mouseless – an invisible computer mouse; SPARSH – a novel way to copy-paste data between digital devices; Quickies – intelligent sticky notes that can be searched, located and can send reminders and messages; Blinkbot - a gaze and blink controlled robot; a pen that can draw in 3D; and a public map that can act as Google of physical world; and the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch. [10]


Pranav's research on SixthSense was awarded the 2009 Invention Award by Popular Science.[7] He was also named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[11] In 2010, he was named to Creativity Magazine's Creativity 50.[12] Mistry has been called "one of ten, best inventors in the world right now"[13] by Chris Anderson. Mistry has been listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011.[14] GQ India listed Pranav as one of the most powerful Digital Indians.[15][16] He was listed as one of the 37 Indians of Tomorrow by India Today.[17] Recently, Pranav Mistry was honored as Young Global Leader 2013 by World Economic Forum.[18][19]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Young Global Leader 2013 Award, World Economic Forum [18]
  • Young Alumnus Award 2012, IIT Bombay
  • 50 Most Creative People of the Year 2010, CREATIVITY 50[12]
  • Netexplorateurs of the Year 2010 award, Netexplorateurs Grand Prix 2010, France
  • TR35 2009 award, Technology Review[11]
  • Invention of the Year 2009 award, Popular Science[7]
  • Young Indian Innovator 2009 award, Digit Magazine[citation needed]
  • Nominee for Forbes India’s Person of the Year 2009[20]


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  3. ^ "about Pranav Mistry". Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Palanpuri boy reinvents the humble watch". Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Indian techie takes centre stage at Galaxy Gear smartwatch launch". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Awards and Recognition". Pranav Mistry. 
  7. ^ BBC SixthSense blurs digital and the real.
  8. ^ CNN Fareed Zakaria GPS: Innovation Nation
  9. ^ SixthSense By Pranav Mistry Top Inventor Under-35
  10. ^ a b "2009 Young Innovators Under 35: Pranav Mistry, 28". Technology Review. 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b 2010 Creativity 50 List of 50 most influential and inspiring creative personalities of 2010
  12. ^ TEDtalk Pranav Mistry and Chris Andersen discussion at the end.
  13. ^ "The Ultimate List Of 15 Asian Scientists To Watch – Pranav Mistry". May 15, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ "The World's most powerful digital Indians". April 1, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ "The World's most powerful digital Indians - Pranav Mistry". April 1, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Indians of Tomorrow". December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Pranav Mistry- Young Global Leader 2013. World Economic Forum". April 12, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  18. ^ Samsung's think tank head Pranav Mistry keen to work with PM Narendra Modi
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