HaptX Inc., a leading supplier of haptic technology, announced today that it has raised another $12 million and has reached a major deal with the AIS to expand its production and marketing reach,media reported. The HaptX glove, built by the company, is understood to allow professional VR user development to have real haptic feedback and natural interaction simulations.
HaptX was founded in 2012 by Jake Rubin and Dr. Bob Crockett. The company’s goal is to create an all-body sports platform — a bit like the Free Roaming VR experience. The HaptX glove is its first commercial product.
Enterprise customers use HaptX gloves in VR design, training and robotics. Earlier this year, HaptX announced a partnership with Nissan, which brings a touch experience to the latter’s virtual car prototype. Basic Surgery also integrates HaptX gloves into their VR medical training platform. In addition, HaptX has announced plans to develop the first haptic remote robot with All Nippon Airways, Tangible Research and Shadow Robot. In a promotional presentation, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos praised the system, calling it impressive and saying its tactile feedback was excellent.
“Over the past year, we have completed dozens of pilot projects with companies around the world, including 11 clients from fortune 500 companies and government agencies. “More than 50 companies are developing the HaptX SDK. The U.S. Army funded the integration of haptX gloves into their TC3Sim combat medical training module. These success stories and our high market demand attest to the haptX glove market, and our partnership with AIS will enable us to meet this demand well. “
AIS is understood to have more than 800 employees and offices in five countries in North America, Asia and Europe.
“This partnership is a huge value boost for HaptX, which allows us to produce HaptX gloves on a large scale,” Rubin continued. Such partnerships include cooperation at all stages of development, manufacturing and market access. “
It is reported that HaptX will use the funds mainly for the next generation of HaptX gloves production and sales. The company will also invest some of its money in further research and development, which it hopes will bring new features to the product, enhance tactile fidelity and bring new applications to future HaptX products.
Unfortunately, HaptX declined to give further details about the price, launch date and possible sales of the haptic glove.