Multi-touch sensor vendor funded for consumer pivot

March 04, 2020 //By Peter Clarke
Multi-touch sensor vendor funded for consumer pivot
Pressure-sensitive touch grid vendor Sensel Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has raised $28 million in a Series A round of equity financing.

Sensel was founded in 2013 by Ilya Rosenberg and Aaron Zarraga and focused its initial work on the developing the Morph multi-point touch surface and applying it to audio studio equipment.

The technology provides the ability to detect touch force as light as 1gm up to as heavy as 5kg. It comes in foldable thin film form allowing it to provide soft buttons on the edge of rounded surfaces. It works with finger, paint brush, passive stylus, finger nails or a gloved hand. Firmware can provide such features as palm rejection improving pen or stylus operation.

The latest round of funding brings the total invested in Sensel to $38 million. Investors include: Susquehanna International Group, Morningside Group, SMiT, Palm Commerce Holdings Co. Ltd, Chariot Gold Limited, SV Tech Ventures and Innolinks Ventures.

The company has been showing a prototype of its PressureGrid technology applied to a mobile phone and the funding is likely intended to help this transition to a much bigger consumer market including phones and tablet computers.

"Since Sense's founding in 2013, we've worked tirelessly to create a sensor that outperforms existing touch technologies on every metric and at a lower overall cost," CEO Rosenberg said in a statement.

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