“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.”
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.
Publicly debuted TanvasTouch technology at CES 2017. The technology was listed on WIRED’s Top 10 Sharpest Designs and received The Verge’s Best of CES “Most Touching” Award. Tanvas also received an IHS Markit Innovation award for the Automotive category as well as the prestigious Tibbetts Award from the SBA.
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.
Appointed Phillip LoPresti as CEO.