We're designing a future without screens.

Starting with haptic communication.

About Us

Our Guiding Principles

Accessible design is good design.

Computers should be engaging, convenient, and intuitive.

Technology should augment reality, not distract from it.

Our Technology

We provide more than an ordinary tap or vibration — we’ve created a haptic platform that delivers information to you through rich tactile patterns that move across your skin, allowing us to animate your sense of touch.

Our Vision

We can use touch as a new channel of communication to make information more accessible and intuitive, allowing anyone to be more engaged with the world around them.

Our first product, Moment, is the first wearable that uses precise haptic feedback to change your perception of time, improve your sense of direction, and help you stay more present. Moment turns information into intuition.

Team

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Shantanu Bala
CEO & Co-founder

Prior to founding Somatic Labs, Shantanu spent eight years researching haptic technology and assistive technologies for individuals who are blind or visually impaired at Arizona State University and as a 2014 Thiel Fellow. His published research focuses on translating visual and auditory information into tactile stimulations felt on a person’s back.

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Jake Rockland
CPO & Co-founder

Jake has a background in computer science and electrical engineering. He brings extensive software expertise from his experience both founding Korkboard, a digital event bulletin for college campuses, and developing calibration embedded systems and testing software for Spectral Instruments.

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Ajay Karpur
CTO & Co-founder

Ajay has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. His academic and research background is in neural signal processing and computational neuroscience. Ajay also developed a haptic interface for sports training and rehabilitation while at ASU.

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Meilin Ossanna
Business Development Lead

Meilin has a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University. She brings expertise in product development and validation from working at Pinnacle Transplant Technologies and EndoVantage as well as conducting neuroscience research at ASU.

Advisors

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Adeel Yang, MD
Co-founder & CEO at Medumo

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Cody Friesen, PhD
Founder & CEO at Zero Mass Water

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Eric Leahy
Director of Sales, Emerging Business at Avnet

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Lesa Mitchell
Managing Director, Techstars

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G. Nagesh Rao
GNRX Consulting

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Beth Ellyn McClendon
Former Android Product Manager at Google

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Samuel Arbesman, PhD
Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital

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Bo Fishback
CEO at Zaarly, Inc

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