BluHaptics, the software company pioneering new solutions for telerobotics, has secured $1.36 million in Series A financing. This investment follows more than a million dollars in recent U.S. government grants, which together will be used to support the company’s expansion and launch of its first commercially available product.
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Automated vehicles (AVs) are coming to Seattle, and now is the time for government officials to prepare for them. So say the authors of “Driverless Seattle: How Cities Can Plan for Automated Vehicles,” a new report from the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington, put together in partnership with Challenge Seattle, a private sector initiative led by regional CEOs, and the Mobility Innovation Center at the University of Washington.
Earlier this week, CoMotion Labs Associate Director Elizabeth Scallon moderated a panel of virtual reality experts at the Seattle Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour. The Seattle Office of Film and Music organizes these monthly Happy Hours as a meetup for leaders in film, music, and interactive industries to network and connect.
The challenge: become a master monster hunter and wage a battle of wits against a cast of golden age movie ghouls in Ghostlight Manor, a new strategic puzzle game created by the University of Washington Bothell’s Digital Future Lab (DFL). Explore a haunted countryside as you rush toward the source of the invasion: a mysterious mansion at the end of a long and treacherous path.
Over the last two years, CoMotion at the University of Washington has partnered with Bellwether Bio, a startup focused on improving the accuracy of cell-free DNA diagnostics for cancer and other conditions. These efforts included funding for development of tools to support the innovation, execution of confidentiality agreements to protect the underlying UW-owned intellectual property, and the negotiation of an exclusive licensing agreement.
Two of UW CoMotion’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Amanda Twiss and Ken Myer, spoke at one of the Husky Leadership Initiative's Fireside Chat series early in February. The event provided a venue for students to have a conversation with a diverse range of civic, corporate, and campus leaders. They tackled personal journeys and experiences that touched on leadership successes, failures, and challenges.
Ken Denman made the stakes plain right from the start. “Innovation never sleeps,” he said. “Nobody is safe.” Denman is a venture partner with Sway Ventures. He was speaking to more than two hundred people in Kane Hall as part of a panel for the fifth in a series of CoMotion Innovation Chats. Joining him were Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University of Washington, and Jim Hargrove, a former state senator from Hoquiam, on the Olympic Peninsula. Their topic: “Exploring Inclusive Solutions to Disruption.”
CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, is pleased to announce the expansion of CoMotion Labs to Spokane. This expansion of CoMotion services will connect the region’s vibrant startup community more fully with western Washington’s. Called CoMotion Labs @ Spokane, its mission is to contribute to the growth of the innovation community in eastern Washington by bringing UW resources, assets, tools and networks to the region.
Tyler Folsom, a professor of computing and software systems and recipient of the Amazon Catalyst fellowship takes his autonomous tricycle prototype for a test drive. With the help of two UW students, Abdullahi Abdinur and Joseph Donn, they programmed a path at the UW soccer field and drove Elcana, named after the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe, for the first time.
Today marks an important milestone for UW Tacoma spinoff, KenSci, a healthcare data and machine learning platform. The company announced today that it has raised $8.5M in a Series A funding led by Ignition Partners with participation from Osage University Partners and Mindset Ventures. The funding will accelerate innovation for KenSci’s machine learning platform and expand operations to support the company’s rapidly growing customer base.