Create a Tactile Experience with Multi-Touch + Haptics
Our mission is to connect people to the digital world through rich touch interactions.
Despite advances in graphics and sound, today’s touchscreen is still just a lifeless window into the digital world. TanvasTouch surface haptics add a new dimension – the realistic sense of touch – so you can create dynamic textures that can be felt with the swipe of a finger.
We use electrostatics to control friction and create virtual touch. The applications for this technology are endless – feel the edges of keys, the snap of a toggle switch, the swipe of a turned page, the direction and magnitude of impacts in a game.
For anyone who wants to elevate, deliver or participate in a more engaging and complete touchscreen experience, Tanvas provides a touchable canvas on which to create. TanvasTouch is programmable software that adds textures and feelings to smooth, physical surfaces. Imagine and create an infinite number of holistic and integrated experiences on any touch surface.
Read more about surface haptics and how this technology can be implemented.
“Surface haptic technology is so versatile, it can be difficult to imagine all of the ways in which this new level of rich touch feedback can enrich our touch-enabled devices. But much like other technology advancements that become part of our everyday lives, there will come a time when we cannot imagine touchscreen interactions without the magic of TanvasTouch.”
“Imagine how stark life would be if everything we touched felt exactly the same: smooth, hard and featureless. Yet that is precisely the experience that we’ve been forced to accept in the digital world. No more! Our mission is to bring “touch” fully into the touchscreen experience. We create the technology and tools that support rich, versatile and satisfying tactile experiences.”
“Everyone expects their touchscreen to feel flat. It’s possible that we have lost our sense of touch or at least our expectation of being able to feel something on a touchscreen. I look forward to people becoming connoisseurs of touch, and I think they will.”
Chief Business Officer
“The major drawback of touchscreens has always been the missing element of physical feedback. We constantly interact with the world through the sense of touch. Yet until now, that has not been possible in our electronic devices. Tanvas finally empowers touchscreens with what we didn’t know we were missing: true interaction with what you see.”
“Early in my career, I was developing touchscreens that had no physical interaction and this always seemed like a missed opportunity. At Tanvas, we created an innovative technology to bring the sensation of touch back where it belongs – to the touchscreen.”
What a Long, Multisensory Trip It's Been
Surface haptics research begins in the Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (NxR) at Northwestern University and the first of 50+ patents filed.
Tanvas is spun out and officially becomes a company.
Tanvas received an NSF SBIR Phase I grant.
Secured seed round of investment from a major OEM.
Closed a $4.6M Series A investment from R7 Partners, Peak6, Northwestern University, and Silicon Valley venture investors.
In collaboration with MediaCom, TanvasTouch® powers the “Gillette Babyface” campaign which received Gold and Silver at the 2018 Festival of Media Global Awards, as well as a Silver Lion at the 2018 Cannes Lion International Festival for Creativity.
Launched the Mimo Vue with TanvasTouch for digital signage and conference rooms. This collaboration with Mimo Monitors is the first commercial touchscreen with TanvasTouch surface haptics.
Phill has spent more than 25 years leading and motivating cross-functional teams to achieve a common goal. He has a proven track record of scaling businesses and driving revenue growth by building successful engineering, sales and marketing teams, strengthening IP portfolios for licensing and navigating through M&A and IPO processes. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Everspin, he expanded product sales to over $10M per quarter, established a long-term strategy and vision for the use of next generation products, negotiated several licensing agreements and led a successful IPO. Prior to Everspin, Phill spent more than 20 years at NEC where he expanded the ASIC technology business to more than $400M annually. Phill has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Boston University
Ed has dedicated most of his career to the study of haptic interface, and is considered one of the leading scholars in the field. As a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, Ed has maintained a robust research program that has led to two previous spin-off companies: Cobotics (acquired by The Stanley Works in 2002), and Kinea Design (acquired by HDT Robotics in 2011). He is a prolific inventor with twenty-five issued patents with several more pending. He is recognized for seminal contributions to the design and control of haptic interfaces, and in 2007 was selected as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. In recent years, he has focused on Surface Haptics, developing the technological foundation for Tanvas.
Michael is known for his seminal contributions to physical human-robot interaction, and was a major figure in opening the gates to allow force-and-motion interaction between robots and humans in medical and industrial applications. As a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, his work formed the scientific core for Mako Surgical (NASDAQ:MAKO). Later he teamed up with Ed Colgate to co-founded Cobotics, Kinea Design, and now Tanvas. Michael is credited with a total of twenty-nine patents issued with several more pending.
Greg's leadership experience crosses a variety of company structures and electro-mechanic product lines at Motorola, RedFusion Studios (an engineering consulting firm), and Life Fitness. Before joining Tanvas, Greg was R&D Manager at ITW's Technology Center where he oversaw mechanical and manufacturing development efforts and technology evaluations for new product entries. Greg has a BSME from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mondher has over 20 years of experience and knowledge of materials and processes used in the touch screen industry. Before joining Tanvas, he was Chief Engineer at TPK USA and a key contributor to the developed processes and manufacturing methods for the several touchscreen offerings including the first iPhone. He also has experience working at a startup company where, as an R&D manager, he was part of a core team that commercialized products for the photonic industry which led to the acquisition of the company by Corning. Dr. Cherif holds BS/MS degrees from Michigan State University and a PhD from the University of Maryland.