SEOUL, Dec.5 (Korea Bizwire) – The youngest one in the latest announcement on December 4 by Samsung Group for executive-level promotions turned out to be a 33-year-old computer scientist and Inventor named Pranav Mistry.
Currently head of research at Samsung’s Silicon Valley R&D center, he is well known for his expertise in user experience in wearable devices. Given Samsung’s commitment to be a leader in wearable devices such as the smartwatch and the smart necklace, the decision was considered timely.
Mistry was selected in 2009 as one of the world’s most influential 35 young scientists by MIT Technology Review. Born in Palanpur in India’s Gujarat in 1981, he earned his master’s degree from the MIT. Working in MIT Media Lab since 2008, he was getting the world’s recognition by coming up with the “SixthSense” technology, a gestural interface device.
Even afterwards, he kept producing new inventions such as “Mouseless,” an invisible computer mouse, a pen that can draw in 3D, and “Quickies,” digital Post-it sticky notes.
Since being recruited by Samsung’s Silicon Valley think tank in 2012, he has worked on a project to develop the Galaxy Gear. In addition to the Gear, he was involved in revolutionary user experience projects such as one developing a 360-degree 3D image taking camera.
In a situation in which the smartphone market has matured and new upstarts from China and elsewhere are fast encroaching upon its turf, Samsung had to launch items that are hard to imitate and catch up easily. A Samsung Group official said on December 4, “We will keep promoting highly talented members of staff regardless of their background, age, years of service, or nationality and reward them commensurate with their contribution.”
By Sean Chung (email@example.com)