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Andrew Fentem is a computer science and electronics research specialist who, over the last three decades, has done pioneering work on tangible computer interfaces, advanced touchscreens, planar robotics, smartwatches, smart objects, synthesizers, and knowledge management software.

As the inventor of several early multi-touch interface technologies, Andrew acted as an expert witness in the iPhone-related patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. He was later interviewed about various controversies: and

Andrew previously worked in academic research at the University of Cambridge and London Business School - studying the management of innovation, the psychology of invention, knowledge mapping, AI, and data visualisation. He has been asked to appear on TV shows related to technology, business, and education - in the US, UK, and Japan.

Andrew currently lives in the UK, and enjoys writing about innovation and politics.


"Andrew Fentem....developing multi-touch human interfaces, kinetic surfaces and motion sensing technologies before almost anyone else in the world....The Fentix Cube is just the tip of the iceberg of his stunning work." - Gizmodo

Showcase of UK Digital Creativity - UK Government Digital Catapult, Autumn 2015 -

Andrew Fentem: Why I went to quango to fund pre-iPhone touch tech - The Register, 20 December 2013 -

Magic Cube Heralds the Future of Gaming and Human Interfaces - Gizmodo, 8 January 2008 -

Touch cube points to future toys - BBC News, 25 December 2007 -


'Hacking for Dummies' won't cut it, minister - Financial Times, 2 October 2017 -

'Obsolete' skills can come back into vogue - Financial Times, 14 August 2016 -

Fear and Brexit in Tech City : Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown - The Register, 30 June 2016 -

Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you - The Register, 15 June 2016 -

My savings, not government, funded multitouch research - Financial Times, 7 August 2013 -


Selected projects and inventions: 1. Hybrid multi-touch touchscreen & tangible control surface - London, 2004 / 2. Multi-touch wireless solar-powered controller / 3. Alexander McQueen couture show - Paris, 2004 / 4. Smartwatch - demoed at NagNagNag, London, 2005 / 5. Kinetic surface / 6. Fentix Cube / 7. Modular multi-touch computer devices / 8. Mechatronic wallpaper / 9. Mechatronic pixels - UK Digital Creativity Showcase, London, 2015 / 10. Internet of Things (IoT) display

Rome, 2018

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