electronics research

Andrew has worked in electronics and human-computer interaction research for more than three 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. Issues related to this work were covered by The Register, the Daily Mail, and the Financial Times.

Other notable projects and inventions include: a multi-touch multi-screen cubic games platform, pioneering kinetic surface robotics technology, and what was probably the first ever OLED WPAN smartwatch (see below). 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...developing multi-touch human interfaces, kinetic surfaces and motion sensing technologies before almost anyone else on the planet...the iceberg of his stunning work." - Gizmodo

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

Showcase of UK Digital Creativity - UK Government Digital Catapult

recent writing

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

Multitouch touchscreen 1 Multitouch touchscreen 2 Alexander McQueen couture show, AW 2004, Paris Smartwatch Fentix Cube Modular computers Digital Catapult Show Flick Pixels Programmable Neon Kinetic Surfaces

Some of Andrew's tactile interface and display innovations: Multi-touch touchscreens - London, 2001-2004 / Multi-touch 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 / Mechatronic pixels - UK Digital Creativity Showcase, 2015 / Mechatronic wallpaper - UK Digital Creativity Showcase, 2015 / Internet of Things (IoT) display, 2016 / Kinetic Surfaces, 2001-2020 /


Andrew Fentem

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