It took two years, but Sensel eventually managed to begin shipping the Morph to backers. The business apparently ran into each potential pitfall for a brand new hardware manufacturer, such as a microscopic design flaw which compelled it to scrap an entire run, leading to about $60,000 in costs.
However, the business’s modular force sensitive track pad is here, along with a slew of different silicone overlays that provide a vast array of different performance, allowing users edit movie, play piano, play games and several other features. I played around with the platform for a bit this week at CES, and it’s actually pretty impressive what the business was able to accomplish this.
The real magic lies in the Morph pad itself. On the surface of it, the system is essentially a giant trackpad, featuring the firm’s proprietary Stress Grid technology. According to the company, the tech is capable of discovering force between 2g and 5kg force sensing, with tracking accuracy of about 0.1mm.
Co-founder and CEO Ilya Rosenberg tells me that, in addition to showing off the final shipping product, the business is looking for partnerships with device makers to incorporate its technology into things like trackpads.
Sensel is still young yet, so this is actually just an exploratory stage, but it’s going to be interesting to find out what role such licensing deals finally play in the organization’s bottom line moving forward.