It may sound like deja vu, but CTRL labs with neural interfaces have closed a $ 28 million funding round led by GV, Google's finance arm, for technology that reads the user's nerve signals to interpret handholds.
This is because GV, together with Lux Capital, led a funding round of $ 28 million last May.
New York-based startup is a growing area for user input technology, including gesture recognition, eye tracking, and interfaces for brain control. The technology is to strengthen reality platforms, including emerging technologies such as robotics, through more natural inputs for the paradigm for spatial computing.
"CTRL-lab's development of neural interfaces will allow developers to create new experiences over a variety of applications," says Erik Nordlander, general partner at GV, in a statement. "The company has brought together a team of the best neurosciences, engineers and developers with deep technology background, creating interactions between people and computers, unlike what we have seen before."
The technology from CTRL labs differs from other neural brain control system interfaces – which reads the user's intent and feelings from brain activity. Instead, CTRL labs aim to monitor the activity of individual neurons in the user's wrist to read the intended hand hold.
"As the developers and creators we hear, we feel very dissatisfied with the pervasive technology of the past centuries," says Thomas Reardon, CEO of CTRL Labs. "Our goal with the CTRL kit is to provide the industry's most ambitious minds with the tools needed to restore the relationship between people and machines."
The second investment round from Google to CTRL-Labs unites its interest in the next generation of user input technology. The company also develops its own version of hand guard recognition, dubbed Project Soli, using radar.
As a company that both sells Google Glass to business and works to get a consumer-facing magnified reality head to market, the investment in futuristic input technology serves as a tip for what Google can prepare to bring along its laptops.