Hayes Raffle is a technology innovator working on new initiatives with Google’s Learning and Education team. He has recently spent a year researching technology use throughout the world.

Hayes contributed to AR and VR systems at Google including The Daydream VR controller which has become industry standard for mass-market VR systems. As a core team member of Google Glass, Hayes helped develop hands-free input methods for wearable computing such as eye gaze tracking and biometric input.

His work for children includes Family Communication tools for preschoolers to connect with long-distance loved ones. His toys and learning tools include the award-winning Topobo and ZOOB® building systems.

Hayes holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, and a B.A. in fine art from Yale. He is inventor on over 50 US utility patents and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed academic publications in the areas of tangible media, technologies for learning, and virtual and augmented reality.

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