Afference, a technology company, announced today that it has secured $1.5 million in funding for its new neural interface platform called Phantom. The funding round was led by Konvoy, and Afference plans to use the investment to further develop the Phantom platform, which offers a unique haptic device for virtual reality experiences.
The Phantom is a handheld wearable that wraps around the fingers and wrist of the user. Unlike traditional haptic devices that rely on pressure, the Phantom utilizes electrical signals to communicate sensations directly to the user’s brain. It can be connected via Bluetooth to various Spatial Computing platforms, including virtual and mixed reality devices.
According to Jacob Segil, CEO of Afference, “Spatial Computing necessitates a paradigm shift in the way we interact with digital content. We are building an artificial sensory platform to allow digital interactions to be as seamless as physical interactions.” This technology aims to enhance the immersive nature of virtual reality experiences by providing users with a realistic sense of touch.
Taylor Hurst, principal at Konvoy, explained the importance of haptic feedback in Spatial Computing, stating that “The true promise of Spatial Computing can only be accomplished with compelling haptic feedback. Where other haptics companies fail is in how they transfer this feeling to end users. Jacob Segil and Dustin Tyler, experts in neural stimulation, have built the best method of delivering artificial sensation for the Spatial Computing age.”
The company plans to release development kits of the Phantom in early 2024. This will allow developers and tech enthusiasts to explore the capabilities of the platform and create engaging and immersive virtual reality experiences.
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Afference’s Phantom platform represents a significant advancement in haptic technology for virtual reality and mixed reality environments. By providing users with a realistic sense of touch, this neural interface platform has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with digital content and make virtual experiences more immersive than ever before.