It may sound like a Deja Vu, but CTRL-labs, a startup for neural interfaces, has completed a $ 28 million round of financing led by GV, Google's funding arm. The technology reads the user's nervous signals to interpret hand gestures.
along with Lux Capital, completed a $ 28 million round of financing last May.
The New York-based startup is in a growing field of user input technology including gesture recognition, eye tracking and brain control interfaces. The technology offers advanced reality platforms, along with other emerging technologies such as robotics, through more natural inputs to the paradigm of spatial computing.
"Developing CTRL-labs neuronal interfaces allows developers to gain novel experience in a variety of areas," said Erik Nordlander, General Partner at GV, in a statement. "The company has assembled a team of leading neuroscientists, engineers and developers with a deep technology background to shape human-computer interaction that we have not seen before."
CTRL-Labs technology differs from other neuronal interfaces, such as brain control systems – which read the user's intentions and emotions from brain activity. Instead, CTRL labs aim to monitor the activity of individual neurons on the user's wrist to read intended hand gestures.
"Like the developers and developers we hear about, we are fundamentally dissatisfied with the pervasive technologies of the last century," said Thomas Reardon, CEO of CTRL-labs. "Our goal with the CTRL kit is to give the industry's most ambitious minds the tools they need to redefine the relationship between man and machine."
Google's second round of investment in CTRL-Labs reinforces its interest (no pun intended) in next-generation user-input technology. The company also developed its own version of hand gesture recognition, called Project Soli, which uses radar.
As a company that sells and works with Google Glass to launch an end-user augmented reality headset Investing in futuristic input technologies serves as an indication of what Google might be able to prepare bring along his AR wearables.