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David Merrill

Co-Founder of Sifteo, MIT Media Lab Doctorate

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 David Merrill Biography

I finished my Ph.D. in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab and am now co-founder of Sifteo, based in San Francisco CA. My research interests revolve around expanding human capabilities with technological tools that take advantage of our existing skills.

My primary researh project was Siftables. Siftables is a distributed gestural user interface that couples interaction affordances of tangible interfaces (TUIs) with some functional capabilities of a sensor network. Siftables aims to empower people to interact with information and media in physical, natural ways that approximate interactions with physical objects in our everyday lives.

I am also interested in amplifying our ability to access relevant information in the wild, when we are away from our desktop and laptop computers. For a long time we could blame the large size of computers for our difficulty in seamlessly integrating them into our daily existence. Now that computational power comes in such tiny packages, I believe it is just our design understanding that must catch up in order for our computers to facilitate amazingly great, useful, and sociable interactions. See my Invisible Media page for one of my research projects in this area.

A final area where my enthusiasm runs deep is in the creation of new musical instruments and experiences. We have only scratched the surface of understanding how technology will change the human ability to create, understand, and appreciate music. For my masters thesis with Joe Paradiso in the Responsive Environments group I created an adaptive musical instrument - instead of you learning the instrument (as is usually the case), this instrument learns you! More recently, I have been collaborating with a group of artistic technologists to build the future platform for musical interactivity.

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David Merrill

Co-Founder of Sifteo, MIT Media Lab Doctorate

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David Merrill Biography

I finished my Ph.D. in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab and am now co-founder of Sifteo, based in San Francisco CA. My research interests revolve around expanding human capabilities with technological tools that take advantage of our existing skills.

My primary researh project was Siftables. Siftables is a distributed gestural user interface that couples interaction affordances of tangible interfaces (TUIs) with some functional capabilities of a sensor network. Siftables aims to empower people to interact with information and media in physical, natural ways that approximate interactions with physical objects in our everyday lives.

I am also interested in amplifying our ability to access relevant information in the wild, when we are away from our desktop and laptop computers. For a long time we could blame the large size of computers for our difficulty in seamlessly integrating them into our daily existence. Now that computational power comes in such tiny packages, I believe it is just our design understanding that must catch up in order for our computers to facilitate amazingly great, useful, and sociable interactions. See my Invisible Media page for one of my research projects in this area.

A final area where my enthusiasm runs deep is in the creation of new musical instruments and experiences. We have only scratched the surface of understanding how technology will change the human ability to create, understand, and appreciate music. For my masters thesis with Joe Paradiso in the Responsive Environments group I created an adaptive musical instrument - instead of you learning the instrument (as is usually the case), this instrument learns you! More recently, I have been collaborating with a group of artistic technologists to build the future platform for musical interactivity.

David Merrill Videos

  • EDUKWEST at LAUNCH Education Kids - Dave Merrill of Sifteo
  • Sifteo Co-Founder Talks Cubes 'In The Studio'
  • TEDxSantaCruz: David Merrill - Sifteo Cubes, Makers and Learners ...

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  • How to book David Merrill?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David Merrill for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for David Merrill, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David Merrill or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book David Merrill?

    Booking fees for David Merrill, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Merrill, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for David Merrill?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Merrill for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Merrill for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Merrill or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Merrill or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

David Merrill is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book David Merrill for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. David Merrill generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daniel Kraft, M.D., Bill Gates, Sebastian Thrun, Jacqueline Novogratz and Pranav Mistry. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Merrill for an upcoming live or virtual event.

David Merrill Speaker Videos

  • EDUKWEST at LAUNCH Education Kids - Dave Merrill of Sifteo
    Sifteo Co-Founder Talks Cubes 'In The Studio'
  • TEDxSantaCruz: David Merrill - Sifteo Cubes, Makers and Learners ...

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