It took two decades, but Sensel finally managed to begin sending the Morph into backers. The company apparently ran into each possible pitfall for a brand-new hardware manufacturer, including a microscopic design flaw that forced it to scrap an whole run, leading to about $60,000 in costs. That is not an insignificant amount to get a startup — even one that’s managed to raise $10 million in funding.
But the company’s modular force sensitive track pad is here, along with a ton of different silicone overlays that bring a wide variety of different functionality, allowing users edit video, play piano, play games and various other characteristics. I played around with the platform for a little this week at CES, and it is really pretty impressive what the company was able to achieve this.
The true magic lies at the Morph pad itself. On the face of it, the system is basically a giant trackpad, featuring the firm’s proprietary Stress Grid technology. According to the company, the tech is effective at discovering force between 2g and 5kg force sensing, together with tracking accuracy of about 0.1mm.
Co-founder and CEO Ilya Rosenberg informs me that, in addition to showing off the final shipping product, the company is seeking partnerships with device makers to incorporate its technology into things like trackpads.
Sensel remains young yet, so this is really just an exploratory stage, but it will be interesting to find out what function such licensing prices finally play in the organization’s bottom line moving ahead.