3M, through its 3M New Ventures business, has invested in Perceptive
Pixel Inc., a developer of advanced multi-touch solutions based in New
York City. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded by multi-touch pioneer Jeff Han in 2006, Perceptive Pixel is
dedicated to the research, development and production of multi-touch
interfaces for the knowledge worker. The company's hardware and software
products enable users to manipulate complex datasets through a new class
of intuitive, powerful and visually rich interface techniques. The
combination of its technologies with those of 3M will create incredible
new opportunities for both companies.
?Perceptive Pixel has developed advanced technologies to enable
intuitive multi-user, multi-touch interaction,? Stefan Gabriel,
president, 3M New Ventures, said. ?This strategic investment will create
potential growth opportunities for the 3M Touch Systems business unit,
stimulating future innovations in a variety of industries that use
?Perceptive Pixel is at the forefront of multi-touch, seen as
cutting-edge pioneers with this revolutionary user interface,? said Voyl
Divljakovic, vice president and general manager, 3M Electronic Solutions
Division. ?Coupled with 3M Touch Systems' industry-leading single-touch,
gesture touch and multi-touch screen solutions, we believe this
partnership will change the way users interact with a variety of
technologies in the years to come.?
?We recognize 3M Touch Systems as a global technology leader in the
touch industry, particularly with its projective capacitive technology
(PCT) products,? said Jeff Han, founder, Perceptive Pixel Inc. ?We are
excited to partner with a company that shares our strong commitment to
innovation and look forward to working together to push the boundaries
of multi-touch solutions.?
To see Perceptive Pixel multi-touch solutions in action on 3M Projected
Capacitive Technology, see the video at http://www.3m.com/touchPPI.
For more information about 3M MicroTouch products, visit www.3M.com/touch.
For an overview of popular touch technologies and terminology, visit www.touchtopics.com.
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About Perceptive Pixel
Perceptive Pixel was founded in 2006
by Jeff Han, a recognized leader in the touch technology field, and
focuses on the research, development and production of multi-touch
interfaces for the knowledge worker. The company's patent-pending
technologies enable users to manipulate complex datasets through
intuitive, powerful and visually rich interface techniques. The
company's products are used in broadcast, defense, energy exploration,
geo-intelligence, industrial design and medical imaging. The company's
large screen, multi-touch products gained early recognition for
transforming the way CNN covered the historic 2008 US Presidential
elections. Perceptive Pixel was awarded the 2009 National Design Award
from the Smithsonian in the inaugural category of Interaction Design.
Perceptive Pixel is privately held and headquartered in NYC with offices
in DC, Portland, and Palo Alto. For more information, visit www.perceptivepixel.com.
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3M's core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology
platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs.
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MicroTouch is a trademark of 3M.
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