Dhairya Dand, award-winning researcher, inventor and futurist technologist believes that human well-being can be achieved by an interaction of mindful design, innovative engineering, and radical paradigms. In the video below, Dhairya shares insights on where disruptive ideas can be found.
What does disruption mean to you? Would you rather say it’s a disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity or process as stated in the Oxford English dictionary, or maybe a dramatic alteration of a certain structure?
Dhairya Dand’s response would most likely be “disruption is not what happens to you, it is how you respond to what happens to you”. By observing his environment, Dhairya generates quite unusual ideas such as shoes that guide you to your destination or to touchscreens that stretch and bend.
Dhairya Dand is an award winning inventor and artist who runs ODD Industries a futurist factory+lab in NYC. His work investigates the human body as a medium for computation, new materials as a tool to embody interactions and design as a vehicle for mindfulness.
His past inventions include: bio reactive architecture, elastic computer screens, shape changing gadgets, shoes that tickle and guide, alcohol aware ice cubes, synthetic muscles, programmable hair, emotionally intelligent flowers, sensory apparatus for music learning and educational toys from eWaste, optically invisible fiber-optics among others.
Dhairya Dand’s work has been featured in several exhibitions at the V&A, Tokyo Design Week and MIT Museum. His accolades include:
- 2015 and 2016 Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list
- first WIRED Innovation Fellow
- INK Fellow, FoST Fellow
- ELLE’s ‘Names to know in 2015’
- VOGUE’s ‘Cool People’
- Globe’s ‘Top 25 Innovators’
Dhairya is an alumnus of Harvard, a former research at MIT Media Lab, a sensory researcher in Tokyo, amateur geologist in Saudi, toy designer in Singapore, and a political activist in Bombay.
Dhairya‘s presentations are:
- Art and Design, Fabrication and Technology
- Learning and Education in a wearable age
- Superhuman in making
- Hacking the body