By Samantha Denefrio, PhD
What is it?
CTRL-labs is creating the future of Extended Reality (XR). XR can be defined as the interaction of humans with machines through wearable technologies (Wikipedia). CTRL-labs are building the world’s first non-invasive interface between the human nervous system and computers.
They are working on a neural interface that decodes electrical activity from motor neurons as they fire to virtualize your actions and they call it the CTRL-kit. Then, they take those decoded signals and feed them into a deep machine learning network. The virtual image you see on a computer is being moved by the action potentials of the nerves in your arm without ever actually moving your arm. Watch Co-Founder Thomas Reardon present at the 2018 Slush Conference here.
Why is it innovative?
CTRL-labs are working to free us from the limitations of the currently available digital devices such as our iphones or smartwatches. We have to adapt our muscle movements to accommodate the size and interface of the device we are using. They rely on the output of our muscles. But, what if your capacity for movement wasn’t limited by your physical body?” Instead, with the CTRL-kit, you can have both movement and control virtually and at a distance using your brain power.
The global XR market is projected to soar from $4.2 B in 2016 to $61 B in 2022 (Artillry) with such technologies expected to change the way we live our everyday lives and the way businesses are created and run (Visual Capitalist). Companies like CTRL-labs are the driving force behind that potential growth.
“Imagine the world where computers are natural extensions of thought and movement.
CTRL-labs dedicates itself to answering the biggest questions in computing, neuroscience, and design so creators can dream. Our work to build a transformative neural interface spans research and challenges at the intersection of computational neuroscience, statistics, machine learning, biophysics, hardware, and human-computer interaction.” (CTRL-labs)
Total Funding Rounds $67 M (3 Rounds)
Facts Sheet and Details (Crunchbase)
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