Founded in 2011, Tanvas is a surface haptics company based in Chicago, Illinois that delivers dynamic, programmable, touch-responsive haptic feedback on touchscreens of all shapes and sizes, enabled by pixel-by-pixel projective electrostatic fields.
“We were attracted to Kairos due to their deep understanding of taking hard science out of the academy and into commercial practice. Unlike most VCs, they understand our challenges and offer meaningful help. We’re thrilled that they led our most recent round.”
– Ed Colgate, CEO and Co-Founder of Tanvas
Be it using a pencil, typing on a keyboard, or holding a hand, the sense of touch is constantly at work, connecting our brains and bodies to the world around us. Tanvas has tapped into the richness of touch by developing surface haptics, a novel technology that lets you feel what you see on a touchscreen or trackpad. TanvasTouch is a platform that taps into existing user interface behaviors, but offers a new level of engagement for games and advertisements, a new level of usability for touchscreens in cars and mobile phones, and new ways to make touch interfaces more accessible to the vision impaired.
Tanvas’s mission is to connect people to the digital world through rich touch interactions. For anyone who wants to elevate, deliver or participate in a more engaging and complete touchscreen experience, Tanvas provides a touchable canvas on which to create. Their programmable tools allow OEMs, agencies, and developers to imagine and create an infinite number of holistic and integrated experiences on any touch display.
With the funding provided by Kairos, Tanvas will continue to develop their surface haptics technology. As part of the investment, Nikos Iatropoulos joins the Tanvas Board. “We were attracted to Kairos due to their deep understanding of taking hard science out of the academy and into commercial practice,” said Ed Colgate, CEO and Co-Founder of Tanvas. “Unlike most VCs, they understand our challenges and offer meaningful help. We’re thrilled that they led our most recent round.”
We are excited about our investment in Tanvas and welcome them to the extended Kairos Ventures family!