innovation research

Andrew Fentem has worked in electronics and human-computer interaction research for over three decades - 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. This work also generated some political controversy - as reported in The Register, the Daily Mail, and the Financial Times.

Andrew previously worked in academic research at the University of Cambridge and London Business School - studying the psychology of inventing and innovation, knowledge mapping, and AI.

Andrew currently lives in the UK, and writes about technology, innovation and politics at He has been asked to talk about his work on TV shows in the US, UK, and Japan.

interviews etc.

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

" and strange..." - Wired


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

'Hacking for Dummies' won't cut it, minister - Financial Times

'Obsolete' skills can come back into vogue - Financial Times

Fear and Brexit in Tech City : Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown - The Register

Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you - The Register

My savings, not government, funded multitouch research - Financial Times

Multitouch touchscreen 1 Multitouch touchscreen 2 Alexander McQueen couture show, AW 2004, Paris Smartwatch Fentix Cube Modular computers Icosohedral device Muscle Light Flick Pixels Programmable Neon

Tactile interface projects and novel display technologies: Multi-touch touchscreens & tangible control surfaces - London, 2001-2004 / Wireless multi-touch surface / Alexander McQueen couture show - Paris, 2004 / WPAN Smartwatch - NagNagNag, London, 2005 / Fentix Cube 3D touchscreen computer / Modular multi-touch computer devices / Icosohedral multi-touch device / Touch-responsive shape-memory alloy actuator / Mechatronic wallpaper pixels - UK Digital Creativity Showcase, 2015 / Internet of Things (IoT) display /


Andrew Fentem

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