About Us

Generating a realistic tactile experience in real-time, unique for each user.

Tactai has developed the world’s first Dynamic Haptics engine that enables users to touch and interact with the digital world with life-like realism.

The company’s patent-pending Dynamic Tactile Wave™ technology creates compelling immersive user experiences for tablets, touchscreens, mobile phones, as well as for emerging platforms for virtual and augmented reality.

Our vision is to make touching the virtual world feel real.

Tactai has developed the world’s first Dynamic Haptics platform which can be embedded in digital devices to enable users to touch, feel and interact with virtual objects with life-like realism.

The company’s patent-pending Dynamic Tactile Wave™ technology creates multi-modal experiences by fully engaging the user’s senses and bringing touch, sound, and light together. The company’s products help create compelling immersive experiences by engaging the sense of touch in tablets, touchscreens, mobile phones, and in the emerging platforms for applications in Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality.

Applications made possible by Tactai products today include writing and drawing on tablets with natural tactile feedback simulating the feel of paper and other surface textures, touch-enabled soft UI controls such as buttons and keyboards for industrial panels and appliances, immersive gaming, training, architecture, education and many others.

Vision

Creating a natural touch-enabled experience in the digital world, in real-time, unique for each user.

Tactai pioneered the world’s first Dynamic Haptics(tm) engine that enables users to touch and interact with the digital world with life-like realism. The company’s patent-pending Dynamic Tactile Wave™ technology creates compelling immersive user experiences for tablets, touchscreens, mobile phones, as well as for emerging platforms for virtual and augmented reality.
Our vision is to make touching the virtual world feel real.

Company History

We are built on almost two decades of research, and over 120 academic publications, from Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. This scientific research developed viable prototypes for displaying high fidelity touch experiences, and devices to record human tactile properties and to then realistically reproduce object surface characteristics.

In 2016

July 13, 2019

In 2016

Tactai incorporated, leveraging our scientific research and previous patents, to develop and deliver commercial products that bring that natural sense of touch onto the online world, across many user devices and applications, to improve usability, enrich the human-machine interaction, and create powerful digital experiences in both 3D and 2D spaces.

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In 2017

July 13, 2019

In 2017

TactaiTouch™, our touch-enabled VR controller reference design-was completed so it can be manufactured at a price point for the mass market.

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In 2018

July 13, 2019

In 2018

we adopted our technology for today’s world, developing the core software engine for bare-finger, natural touch-enabled interaction for touchscreens, smartphones and touch panels. The Tactai Dynamic Haptics™ platform was born.

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In 2019

July 13, 2019

In 2019

we launched a compact system-in-package (SIP) configuration – the Tactai Haptic Module – and several reference designs for embedded, user-centered, human-computer touch-enabled interaction across many digital devices including tablets, touchscreens, smartphones, and control panels for a wide range of applications. In 2019 were also awarded a new patent on one of our reference designs (TactaiTouch(tm)).

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Team

Steven has built from ground zero and sold successfully four technology companies. As the founder and CEO of Tactai, he has brought together a world-class team uniquely equipped to address the challenge to make natural touch-based interaction a reality in the digital world. Steven attended Northeastern University where he graduated with a BS and an MS in Computer Engineering with honors. He is also a 2012 Harvard University graduate of the Advanced Leadership Institute and a 2012 Fellow. Steven serves as an international trade advisor on internet technology and electronic services for the US Department of Commerce. He holds 14 US Patents in networking, security, haptics, and internet technologies with several more pending, and he is a member of several advisory and industry boards.

STEVEN D. DOMENIKOS

CEO / Founder

Katherine is a recognized world authority in haptics and in robotic systems that enable a user to touch virtual objects and distant environments as though they were real and within reach. Katherine received her BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She has won numerous awards, including the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Academic Early Career Award – 2012, Citation for Meritorious Service as a Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Haptics – 2011 and 2008, PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow – 2011, Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising – 2010, NSF CAREER Award – 2009, and many others.

KATHERINE J. KUCHENBECKER, PH.D.

CHIEF SCIENTIST / FOUNDER

Jonathan holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University with extensive hands-on expertise in haptics, mechatronics, and full-stack mobile and web development. Alongside teaching courses in mechanical design, manufacturing, robotics, mechatronics, and entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2017, he co-founded and lead the technical team at Parametric Dining (now a part of Bypass Mobile) from 2012 to 2017, after which he relocated to Stuttgart, Germany to lead the Robotics Central Scientific Facility at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

JONATHAN FIENE, PH.D

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Ilann has in-depth product management experience in delivering complex, high-end, extremely reliable products. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Superieur d’Ingenieurs Leonard de Vinci, Paris France, an MBA from HEC University in Montreal, and a Certificate in Marketing from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, backed by fifteen years of product development and management experience in various industries.

ILANN DERCHE

VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

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