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 is the supplier of the world's thinnest and most flexible polymer-based haptic actuators. The patented electro-mechanical polymer (EMP) technology and products are ideal for creating rich haptic feedback and a completely new user experience for applications including smart watches, AR/VR, gaming controllers and many others. Founded in 2006, Novasentis is privately held with corporate offices in Berkeley, California and research facilities in State College, Penn. More information on Novasentis is available at www.novasentis.com.