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Hayes Raffle is an award-winning product designer and inventor specializing in hybrid physical/digital objects to nurture learning, creative expression, and interpersonal communication. He is currently Principal of Topobo, LLC and Senior Staff Interaction Researcher at Google working on Cardboard VR.

Hayes completed his Ph.D. in the Tangible Media Group a the MIT Media Lab in June, 2008 and received his M.S. from MIT in 2004. His research integrates design, epistemology and human-computer interaction, with a focus on educational toys. Hayes was a LEGO Fellow for six consecutive terms and researched new technologies for hands-on learning. Major projects include the Topobo robotic construction kit, Super Cilia Skin textural communication medium, Jabberstamp drawing tools, and Fuzzmail emotional email application. Hayes’s inventions have received numerous international awards and recognition, and have shown in Europe, Asia and North America. His work has received outstanding press from major publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BBC. Hayes is the author of several patents and over a dozen peer-reviewed academic publications.

Outside of the Media Lab, Hayes has done industrial design for IDEO Palo Alto, and has run the Rafelandia design consultancy in Boston and San Francisco serving diverse clients including SONY and Leapfrog Toys. While completing his B.A. in Fine Arts from Yale University, Hayes helped design and develop the award-winning ZOOB® building toy and later helped to found Primordial, LLC to market, manufacture and sell ZOOB internationally. He is currently bringing Topobo toys to market as principal of Topobo, LLC.

To stay inspired, Hayes enjoys teaching, windsurfing, mountain biking, cooking, and spending time with his wife and daughters. Hayes also continues an active art practice creating sculpture and interactive artworks, and he has shown his art in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

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