Philipp Schoessler

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Philipp is a multidisciplinary Interaction Designer/Engineer and currently working for Samsung Research’s Think Tank Team. He holds a M.A. from the Berlin University of the Arts and a M.S. from the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. He worked for companies such as ART+COM, Disney Research, and WHITEvoid. He is adept in many Engineering and Design innovation fields and possesses a particular strength for devising creative problem solutions.


since 2015
Senior Research Engineer
Think Tank Team (Samsung Research)

Interaction Designer

2011 - 2012
Research Associate
Disney Research Pittsburgh

Freelance Interaction Designer
WHITEvoid Interactive Art and Design

Interface Designer (Intern)
exozet interact


2013 - 2015
M.S. from the MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group

Diplom (~MA), graduated with high distinction, Digitale Klasse
Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)

Art and Technology
School of the Art Institute Chicago

2007 - 2012
Visual Communication (Digital Media and Interaction Design)
Berlin University of the Arts


P. Schoessler, D. Windham, D. Leithinger, S. Follmer, H. Ishii. Kinetic Blocks - Actuated Constructive Assembly for Interaction and Display. In Proc. UIST ‘15

L. Vink, V. Kan, K. Nakagaki, D. Leithinger, S. Follmer, P. Schoessler, A. Zoran, H. Ishii. TRANSFORM as Adaptive and Dynamic Furniture. In Proc. CHI ‘15

H. Ishii, D. Leithinger, S. Follmer, A. Zoran, P. Schoessler, J. Counts. TRANSFORM: Embodiment of “Radical Atoms“ at Milano Design Week. In Proc. CHI ‘15.

S. Leigh, P. Schoessler, F. Heibeck, P. Maes, H. Ishii. THAW: Tangible Interaction with See-Through Augmentation for Smartphones on Computer Screens. In Proc. TEI ‘15.

P. Schoessler, S. Leigh, K. Jagannath, P. van Hoof, H. Ishii. Cord UIs: Controlling Devices with Augmented Cables. In Proc. TEI ‘15.

S. Leigh, P. Schoessler, F. Heibeck, P. Maes, H. Ishii. THAW: Tangible Interaction with See-Through Augmentation for Smartphones on Computer Screens. In Proc. UIST’14.

I. Poupyrev, P. Schoessler, J. Loh M. Sato. Botanicus Interacticus: interactive plants technology. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2012 Emerging Technologies (SIGGRAPH ‘12).

P. Schoessler. Feedback Fridge: Tangible Visualization of Nutrition Data with Preventive Effect. In Proc. TEI ‘11.


Identifying Device Associated With Touch Event (US20160259451A1) (2016)

Electromagnetic Interference Signal Detection (US20160259432A1) (2016)

Processing Electromagnetic Interference Signal Using Machine Learning (US20160261268A1) (2016)

User interactive living organisms (US20130221996A1) (2012)


Cord UIs: Fast Company Innovation by Design Award 2015 Winner (Student)

THAW: Fast Company Innovation by Design Award 2015 Finalist (Experimental)

TRANSFORM: A'Design Award Platinum 2015

TRANSFORM: Interaction Awards (IxDA) Shortlist 2015

THAW on GIZMODO: The 7 Most Important UI and UX Ideas of 2014

TRANSFORM on GIZMODO: The 7 Most Important UI and UX Ideas of 2014

THAW: UIST 2014 People’s Choice Best Demo Honorable Mention (2014)

Botanicus Interacticus: F.I.T.C. 2013 Awards Finalist

Botanicus Interacticus: 1st Prize Nokia Ubimedia Mindtrek Award (2012)


inFORM at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum New York (2014 - 2015)

TRANSFORM at Milano Design Week Italy (2014)

Botanicus Interacticus at International Design Biennale, Saint-Etienne (2013)

Botanicus Interacticus at SIGGRAPH (2012)


Kinetic Blocks

The Verge (2015) MIT's new shapeshifting display can build miniature buildings

Fast Company (2015) MIT Invents A Flowing River Of 3-D Pixels That Lets Objects Assemble Themselves

Wired (2015) MIT’s Crazy Shapeshifting Display Can Now Build With Blocks

Gizmodo (2015) MIT's Morphing Table Is Now Skilled Enough to Stack Building Blocks

Designboom (2015) Engineers at Tangible Media Group Construct Alterable Pin Surface to Move Objects

Tech Insider (2015) This amazing shapeshifting surface can build tiny structures all on its own

The Creators Project (2015) Watch MIT's Kinetic Shape Display Move Objects and Build Structures

Cord UIs

Fast Company (2015) 5 Ways MIT Is Reinventing Your Power Cord

Wired (2015) MIT Inventors Turn Power Cords Into Gadget Interfaces

Gizmodo (2015) Pinchable Headphone Cords That Control Your Music Are a Brilliant Idea

PSFK (2015) Pinched Power Cables and Cords Double as Remote Controls

Daily Mail (2015) Forget switches, now you can control your gadgets with a twist, bend or kick of a cable

Heise online (2015) "Cord UIs": Wenn das Kabel zum Schalter wird


GIZMODO (2014) The 7 Most Important UI and UX Ideas of 2014 THAW

Fast Company (2014) MIT Invents A Magic Lens That Combines All Your Screens Into A Single Experience

Engadget (2014) MIT can turn your smartphone into a different kind of second screen

Digg (2014) Is This The Next Big Idea In Interactive Gaming?

Wired (DE) (2014) Mit Thaw wird das Smartphone zur Brücke zwischen Bildschirmen

Wired (2014) MIT’s Slick New UI Lets Your Phone and Desktop Screens Behave as One

CNET, Tomorrow Daily 053 (2014) Incredible multiscreen interaction from MIT's THAW project, and more

Slate (2014) MIT Researchers Are Using Smartphones to Interact With Other Screens (2014) Das Smartphone schnappt Dateien vom Bildschirm

CITEworld (2014) How phones and computers can talk via sight

Gizmodo (2014) MIT Made a Smartphone Control a Computer With a Simple Touch

Designboom (2014) THAW: Seamlessly Combine Your Smartphone and Your Desktop Computer


GIZMODO (2014) The 7 Most Important UI and UX Ideas of 2014 TRANSFORM

Business Insider (2014) This Incredible Shapeshifting Table Responds To Your Movements In Dramatic Fashion

Dezeen (2014) MIT Media Lab's shape-shifting table top is "equivalent to the invention of painting

Dezeen (2014) Table top by MIT designers ripples when people are nearby

WIRED (2014) MIT Whizzes Invent Magical Furniture That Changes Shape on Demand (2014) MIT Transform project gives shape to human-object interplay

psfk (2014) Futuristic shapeshifting furniture mimics motion found in the world around us.

International Business Times (2014) MIT Shows Off Shapeshifting Furniture That Changes Before Your Eyes

CNET Australia (2014) Interactive furniture transforms with a wave of the hand

Engadget Germany (2014) 3D-Display Transform zeigt die Zukunft flexibler Möbel (Video)

PHYS ORG MIT (2014) Transform project gives shape to human-object interplay

pixable (2014) ‘Transform’: MIT Shapeshifting Table Can React To Your Mood

Business Standard (2014) Now, shapeshifting furniture that can transform with gesture

GIZMODO (2014) Watch an Incredible Interactive Table Morph To a Person's Movements

HYPEBEAST (2014) MIT Unveils Shapeshifting Furniture of the Future


creators project (2014) MIT's Kinetic Tabletop Is A Huge Step Towards Retail Shape-Shifting Furniture

SLASH GEAR (2014) “Transform” dynamic furniture transforms its shape

UrDesign (2014) MIT’s Tangible Media Group unveils Transform at Lexus Design Amazing 2014

FastCompany (2014) MIT Unveils The Shapeshifting Furniture Of The Future

The VERGE (2014) MIT creates shapeshifting furniture that can transform with a gesture

Botanicus Interacticus

PAGE (2013) Botanicus Interacticus: Mensch-Pflanzen-Interaktion

ARD (2013) Wissen vor acht (Kurzbeitrag)

FastCompany (2012) Disney’s Interactive Plants Aren’t Just Magic. They’re Practical Magic.

The Verge (2012) Disney's 'Botanicus Interacticus' turns any plant into an interactive toy

WIRED UK (2012) Disney shows you how to play music on a house plant

SLASHGEAR (2012) Disney creates Botanicus Interacticus multi-touch plants

Huffington Post (2012) Botanicus Interacticus: Disney's 'Interactive Plant Technology' Turns Plants Into Musical Instruments

Creative Applications (2012) Botanicus Interacticus – Designing interactive plants at Disney Research

Engadget (2012) Disney Research's Botanicus Interacticus adds capacitive touch to ordinary plants, we go hands-on

Golem (2012) Disney macht Zimmerpflanzen interaktiv

Netzwelt (2012) Botanicus Interacticus: Disney verwandelt Pflanzen in Computermäuse