Syntouch: Quantifying Touch

Headquartered in Los Angeles near the University Park Campus, USC spinout SynTouch developed and sells the first sensor technology that endows robots with the ability to replicate, and sometimes exceed, the human sense of touch. SynTouch mimics the physical properties and sensory capabilities of the human fingertip in its proprietary BioTac® sensors.

These sensors and an understanding of human tactile perception enabled SynTouch to develop tactile sensing instruments that quantify how materials feel to consumers – The SynTouch Standard®. This is analogous to a digital color meter, but for touch. Fortune 500 companies that produce automobiles, personal care products, consumer electronics and apparel are now using or evaluating the capability of our technology. SynTouch’s sensors also enable robotic and prosthetic hands to achieve human-like dexterity.

SynTouch was formed by members of the Medical Device Development Facility at USC including its director, Dr. Gerald E. Loeb of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and USC graduates Jeremy Fishel (Viterbi), Matthew Borzage (Viterbi) and David Groves (USC Marshall School of Business). SynTouch’s founders worked with the USC Stevens Center for Innovation to license a portfolio of USC technologies central to their company.

Image courtesy of Syntouch.