Touchlab is an Edinburgh based startup working on cutting edge sensing technology or electronic skin (e-skin), that will give machines the sense of touch. They design software, visualisers and systems to integrate sensing technology into any surface.
The Touchlab team are currently taking part in the ANA Avatar XPrize competition to build a tele-operated Avatar System that will transport a human’s sense, actions, and presence to a remote location in real time.
They are using their Resident Entrepreneur funding to work with VR/AR experts and develop the human user experience for controlling their Avatar. This will enable users to receive sensory data collected by the robot (sight, touch, smell) and make decisions on the Avatars behaviour accordingly.
In October 2020 Touchlab were winners at the Scottish Edge Awards, winning the £100,000 Higgs EDGE prize for their work.