Aultrahapticsward-winning Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics have been awarded £600,000 to develop their amazing haptic technology, a system that uses ultrasound to return a sense of feel to touchless interfaces.

In English, this means you wave your hand in the air and magically your hand’s movement is sensed, allowing you to interact with devices like computers, or volume controls, without touching them. It also allows you to sense pressure in mid-air, giving real-time touch feedback to your hand movements.

The investment from the IP Group plc and one of its managed funds will allow Ultrahaptics to expand its team while accelerating product development and customer engagement.

Unique technology

Head of technology at IP group Mark Reilly said of them: “Ultrahaptics has created a unique technology with the potential to transform the user experience of increasingly prevalent touchless interfaces. IP Group is excited to be participating in the company’s development and growth.”

“A lot of interest has been registered from several blue-chip organisations and the additional funding will help us to meet the needs of our customers”

 

Ultrahaptics has been receiving a lot of attention recently and following last year’s New Enterprise Competition victory has been receiving support and advice from SETsquared – the Bristol and Bath based tech incubator, recently voted number one in europe. They were also successful in this year’s SPARKies Awards, voted Startup to Watch and receiving the From Chips To… award for most innovative use of hardware.

Tom Carter, CTO at Ultrahaptics, commented: “The Ultrahaptics evaluation programme launch has received a very warm reception from those within the industry. A lot of interest has been registered from several blue-chip organisations and the additional funding will help us to meet the needs of our customers.”

See more about the company on the Ultrahaptics website. And follow Ultrahaptics on Twitter.