The market for haptics is forecasted to grow to nearly $3b by 2027 per IDTechEx. This talk will focus on Electro Mechanical Polymer (EMP) technology that provides a variety of pleasing haptic output. These actuators are being designed into best in class VR accessories to provide the third element - touch.
Speaker Biography (Michael Vestel)
Michael joined Novasentis as Chief Technology Officer in early 2017. He heads the Berkeley-based company's R&D division which is currently focused on taking Novasentis' disruptive haptic technology from the lab prototype phase to market-ready large-scale production in rapid time, to stringent quality requirements. As a proven R&D leader, innovator and problem solver, Michael has built exceptional engineering teams, developed positive collaborations and nurtured lucrative customer relationships. Prior to joining Novasentis, Michael was principal scientist at SRI International where he led programs for the U.S. Department of Defense (primarily DARPA), Department of Energy and commercial clients. His projects at SRI included developing wind-powered underwater drones and power-generation and drug-delivery devices. He has also worked at Applied Materials and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Michael holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and M.S. from UCLA, both in materials science and engineering.
Company Profile (Novasentis, Inc)
Novasentis Electro-Mechanical Polymer based actuators are thin, light, flexible and provides a wide range of haptic feedback that are mild, pleasing and distinguishable from one another thereby providing a wide range of feedback. Novasentis has over a decade of experience with the technology that is protected by an impressive array of patents. More information on Novasentis is available at www.novasentis.com.