My group at the University of Toronto occasionally spins-out companies to commercialize our work and otherwise participate in industry. Three such spin-outs are presently operating:
Addem works to build prototyping tools to enable makers and others to instantly print working, copper PCB’s, building on Print’em, developed by my PhD student, Varun Perumal. Addem was founded thanks in part to a startup award from the Connaught Fund. More information may be found at addem.io.
Chatham Labs performs contract human-computer interaction research for those inventing the future of human-computer interaction. A typical client is one who is developing new technologies, and is looking towards a commercialization path. Chatham works to develop new human-interface technologies into real products; hardware, software, system architectures, and interaction methods. It is based in Toronto, with clients in Seattle and Silicon Valley. More information may be found at Chatham.to.
Tactual Labs was formed in 2013 to commercialize our work in touch and gestural interface technologies. Today, it has offices in New York, Toronto, Austin, Virginia, Orlando, and Portland, Maine. Tactual Labs brings human sensing to and around every surface. Tactual technology surrounds flat or free-form objects with accurate, real-time in-air, skeletal and contact sensing. Tactual technology “sees” the human hand and body in 3D from every point on an object’s surface. Tactual solutions are deployed to development partners, empowering digital platforms across a variety of markets including mixed reality, surface computing, mobility, automotive, consumer electronics, and robotics. More information may be found at TactualLabs.com.