It took two decades, but Sensel eventually managed to start shipping the Morph into backers. The company apparently ran into every possible pitfall for a brand new hardware manufacturer, such as a microscopic design defect that forced it to scrap an whole run, leading to around $60,000 in costs.
But the business’s modular force sensitive monitor pad is here, along with a ton of different silicone overlays that bring a vast array of different performance, allowing users edit movie, play piano, play games and various other characteristics. I played around with the system for a bit this week at CES, and it is really fairly impressive what the company was able to accomplish this.
On the face of it, the machine is essentially a giant trackpad, featuring the company’s proprietary Pressure Grid technology. According to the firm, the technology is effective at discovering force between 2g and 5kg force sensing, with monitoring 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 looking for partnerships with device manufacturers to integrate its technology into things like trackpads.
Sensel is still young yet, so this is really only an exploratory stage, but it will be interesting to see what function such licensing deals finally play in the company’s bottom line moving ahead.