MDE Public Lecture Series: Paul Dietz

25 Mar
Paul Dietz
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Harvard GSD 48 Quincy Street Room 112 Cambridge, MA 02138

Paul Dietz, "The Personalized City: Parallel Reality Displays in the Urban Environment"

Concepts such as universal design and design for all implicitly assume that the design choices we make will be jointly experienced by everyone. But what if you could craft each person’s reality separately to optimally serve his or her needs? Parallel Reality display technology provides this capability, allowing us to independently design how each person perceives an environment. Unlike smartphones and smart glasses, there is no need for a personal device – the environment itself is transformed for each person, even when many people are simultaneously sharing the same public space.

In this talk, I will briefly describe how it is possible to show different images to each person even when thousands are looking at the same sign or display at the same time, without special glasses. We will then consider the opportunities for Parallel Design and how one can make a city a vastly more accessible, informative and connected place.

Speaker Bio: 

Paul Dietz is a prolific creator of new technologies that surprise and delight, and occasionally make the world a slightly better place. He is best known as the co-inventor of DiamondTouch – an early multi-touch display system which helped launch the touch interface revolution. Paul received the ACM UIST 2012 Lasting Impact Award for this work. His career included stints as a researcher at Walt Disney Imagineering, Mitsubishi Electric, and Microsoft. He is currently Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board of Misapplied Sciences, Inc. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. In his spare time, he teaches kids how to make animatronic shows, and is sometimes seen on the wrong end of a flugelhorn.

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