New York-based start-up CTRL-Labs has completed a $ 28 million Series A round of financing from Google parent Alphabet GV and Amazon's Alexa Fund for its next generation of neuronal interface technology for AR / VR and robotics , 19659002] CTRL-labs offers an innovation in brain control offered by companies such as Neurable. Instead of reading brainwaves via head-worn electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors, CTRL-Labs' light skin contact sensors pick up signals closer to the point of origin and wirelessly route the information to PCs and smartphones via Bluetooth.
So it is B. listening to the central nervous system.
One of the technology's benefits is hand-tracking without cameras. With its Hand Pose Reconstruction API, developers can map input and motion of each finger and joint based on intercepted signals. Since the technology reads the intention of the user, user input can be detected with or without movement.
Later this year, the company plans to release its developer kit CTRL-kit, which enables developers of advanced and virtual reality experiences, as well as interface designers in the productivity and robotics industries to integrate the technology with their apps.
The CTRL kit provides integrated recognition and classification for common gestures used in augmented and virtual reality interfaces. It will also incorporate force and stress modeling into the SDK, which will allow developers to measure and capture forces.
Led by co-founder and CEO, Thomas Reardon (aka the creator of Internet Explorer ), the company has also developed an Intention Capture Engine, which uses a neural network to detect the signals that are coming from the brain. The network can be used to tailor applications so that they become more accurate based on learned patterns.
Such a system could make user input for augmented reality applications much more seamless. For example, typing mistakes would be a thing of the past if the intent is measured instead of the actual key.
CTRL-labs has confidence in its technology through dollars that have so far raised $ 39 million in funding. Lux Capital and GV led the recent round of financing, which included Amazon Alexa Fund, Vulcan Capital and Founders Fund, and existing investors Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, Breyer Capital and Fuel Capital. Notable angel investors include Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Warby Parker CEO.