Touch screen startup raises $5 million


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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