Leadership Team

Phill LoPresti

Phill LoPresti


“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.”

Ed Colgate

Ed Colgate


“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.”

Michael Peshkin

Michael Peshkin


“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.”

Greg Topel

Greg Topel

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.”

Mondher Cherif

Mondher Cherif

Chief Scientist

What a Long, Multisensory Trip It's Been

Mar 2006

Surface haptics research launched in the Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (NxR) at Northwestern University and the first of 50+ patents filed.

May 2011

Tanvas is Launched.

July 2012

Tanvas received an NSF SBIR Phase I grant.

March 2013

Secured seed round of investment from a major OEM.

June 2015

Closed a $4.6M Series A investment from R7 Partners, Peak6, Northwestern University, and Silicon Valley venture investors.

July 2016

Hired our 10th employee (and still hiring).

January 2017

Tanvas publicly debuted TanvasTouch 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.

June 2018

Tanvas and Mimo Monitors are first to bring surface haptics to digital signage and conference rooms. TanvasTouch® also powered the “Gillette Babyface” campaign in collaboration with MediaCom, 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.

June 2019

Tanvas and Mimo Monitors are first to bring surface haptics to the digital signage and conference room display arena with the launch of the Mimo Vue with TanvasTouch, the first commercial touchscreen with surface haptics.

August 2019

Tanvas Appoints Phillip LoPresti as CEO.

November 2019

Tanvas Named a Cool Vendor in Display and Vision, 2019 by Gartner