Another tech firm that got its start in Evanston is moving to Chicago as it announces raising $5 million from investors to fund expansion.

Tanvas, formerly known as Tangible Haptics, hopes to bring texture and other sensations to computer touchscreens.

Founded by Northwestern University mechanical engineering professors Ed Colgate and Michael Peshkin, Tanvas has been headquartered at 1711 Darrow Ave. in Evanston.

The new Series A funding round announced Tuesday was led by R7 Partners and included Peak6, Northwestern University, and two Silicon Valley venture investors.

In a news release, the company described the technology as making it possible for objects on a touchscreen to appear heavy or light, stretchy or stiff, sticky or slick, and have any kind of texture imaginable.

CEO Greg Topel told the Chicago Tribune Tanvas is moving to downtown Chicago to better attract engineering talent as it adds up to a dozen new employees.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Sad—again
    Another tech firm [or for that matter any firm] moving from Evanston.
    Why ? Stated reason is to attract engineering talent. What ! NU school of engineering should provide more than enough talent–does it mean so few NU grads live/want to live in Evanston ? Where else will they come from ? UiC campus ? living in Chicago ? Naperville ?

    Really, does it mean Evanston can’t keep enough NU engineering and other grads or get MIT, CalTech, UIUC grads to live here ?
    Is it really taxes, laws and regulations, getting approval from the city for every little thing ?

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