electronics research

Andrew has worked in electronics and human-computer interaction research for more than two decades - independently inventing and building various tactile user interfaces, smart objects, synthesisers, actuators, and knowledge management systems.

Being the inventor of early (i.e. pre-iPhone) multi-touch touchscreen technologies, Andrew acted as an expert witness in the iPhone-related patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. Andrew's touchscreen R&D also created some political controversy - as reported in The Register, the Daily Mail, and the Financial Times.

Other notable projects and inventions include: a multi-touch multi-screen cubic games platform that went viral in 2007/08, and the first ever OLED WPAN smartwatch (see below) - 10 years before the launch of the Apple Watch. Short films documenting some of these projects are available at

Andrew previously worked in R&D for Thorn EMI Electronics Ltd, and in academic research at the University of Cambridge, UCL, and London Business School - studying innovation, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, and AI. He has been asked to talk about his work on TV shows in the US, UK, and Japan.

Andrew occasionally posts on Twitter @andrewfentem.


Touch cube points to future toys - BBC News

Andrew Fentem: Why I went to quango to fund pre-iPhone touch tech - The Register

Showcase of UK Digital Creativity - UK Government Digital Catapult

"...developing multi-touch human interfaces, kinetic surfaces and motion sensing technologies before almost anyone else in the world....stunning work." - Gizmodo

recent writing

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea - The Register

Multitouch touchscreen 1 Alexander McQueen couture show, AW 2004, Paris Smartwatch Fentix Cube Modular computers Icosohedral device Flick Pixels Programmable Neon

Some of Andrew's tactile interface and display innovations: Multi-touch touchscreens & tangible control surfaces - London, 2001-2004 / Alexander McQueen couture show - Paris, 2004 / OLED WPAN Smartwatch - demo'd at NagNagNag, London, 2005 / Fentix Cube - a cubic touchscreen games platform, 2007 / Modular multi-touch computer devices, 2009 / Icosohedral multi-touch device, 2009 / Mechatronic wallpaper pixels - UK Digital Creativity Showcase, 2015 / Internet of Things (IoT) display, 2016 /


Andrew Fentem

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