CES 2019, l’effet wow de l’haptique hap2u !

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5 Novembre 2018. En pleine euphorie de la récente levée de fond, une de nos nouvelles banques, le CIC, propose de co-financer un stand sur le village Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes au CES 2019. La nouvelle est aussi soudaine qu’inattendue. J-64 avant le début du plus gros show mondial de l’innovation technologique pour le grand public !

Neuf semaines (congés de fin d’année inclus…) pour gérer le développement des démos, la stratégie commerciale et marketing, la communication opérationnelle et la logistique. Deux mois pour faire de cette troisième participation une réussite et un levier commercial pour l’entreprise. Un pari sur toute la ligne. Nous aurions pu nous contenter d’emmener quatre Xplore Touch sur une table, mais nous décidons de mettre la barre très haut et de relever le défi.

Heureusement notre partenaire Minalogic est à nos côtés et joue un rôle déterminant dans le montage du dossier.

Si 2018 a été portée par la levée de fond et une véritable reconnaissance à l’international, 2019 est l’année des attentes sur l’application. Nous finalisons le concept de cette édition 2019 du CES le 19 novembre :

« Puisqu’on ne peut pas illustrer notre technologie par une simple image,
venez tester l’effet WOW ! ».

Just Wow !

C’est le feu à tous les étages. L’accord officiel du CES pour notre participation tombe le 17 décembre – J-21.

Côté software et labo, nous avons décidé de réaliser une prouesse technique en développant quatre démos, sur quatre textures différentes – métal, bois, plastique et verre – avec pour chacune une nouvelle appli en mode gaming. Chaque jour apporte son lot de difficultés et de réussites. La créativité des uns et des autres n’a plus de limites pour trouver des solutions rapides et efficaces.

Dans le bureau des KAM pas de répit non plus, ils doivent rapidement prendre des rendez-vous avec les prospects et remplir l’agenda !

Pour la communication aussi branle-bas de combat : l’ancienne charte graphique n’a pas d’éléments qui permettent de répondre à notre nouveau positionnement – Touch & Wow. Il faut mettre en place un visuel en rupture avec les codes d’hap2U, mais aussi en rupture avec les codes des nouvelles technologies et des startups. A défaut de pouvoir refaire le site internet dans les temps, nous devons adapter tous les supports de communication existants, concevoir les différents éléments du stand, etc…

CES Haptique hap2u stand
Visuel fond de stand avec les partenaires & financeurs

Après de nombreuses péripéties et rebondissements de toute dernière minute tout est bouclé, le stand et les démos bien installés au matin du 8 janvier. Au regard du succès rencontré pendant ces quatre jours, tous les efforts ont payé, et la réussite est d’autant plus importante qu’elle est le résultat d’un énorme travail collectif.

hap2u à la rencontre de son public sur le CES 2019

Ce CES a été marqué par une belle rencontre d’hap2U avec son public.
Les opportunistes, venu sur le stand par hasard, le bouche-à-oreille ou à la suite d’un démarchage sur leur propre stand.
Les confrères et concurrents, qui ont unanimement reconnu nos avancées sur les boutons et sliders.
Les followers, ceux qui revenaient sur le stand pour chercher les dernières nouveautés, et pour lesquels ces quatre démos ont été une très belle surprise.
Et surtout, les prospects, ceux qui sont venus sur le stand avec un grand intérêt pour la technologie haptique elle-même, auprès desquels les démos multi-matières ont eu l’effet Wow escompté.

Après une édition 2018 marquée par l’automobile, hap2U a reçu de nombreuses demandes quant à l’intégration de la technologie sur des marchés variés à horizon moins d’un an- Home appliance, santé – ce qui lance incontestablement la société dans le challenge du développement d’applications à court terme.

La team hap2u n’est assurément plus placée sur une roadmap R&D, mais bien sur la roadmap produit !

hap2u au CES 2019 en chiffres

Feedback from SID and Computex

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Hi everyone,

As you may know already we like to move fast at hap2U! That’s why we have been attending several tradeshows in just one month. Let’s start by the SiD Display Week last May in Los Angeles. This one is definitely a reference for the display technologies and the main actors of the industry. This has given us the opportunity to overview the markets and to position us at the very center of this ecosystem. You may think our technology is suitable only for niche applications such as education or devices for blind people; well actually, it is not quite true. Automotive has revealed itself being the most active market looking for haptic solutions followed by the Consumer and Industrial markets. The SiD Display Week has opened us doors and insights to whom need our unique haptic technology and how we can integrate it to their devices.

Two weeks later this tradeshow was followed by the Computex-Innovex in Taipei. This is one of the greatest meetings in Asia of the technology game-changers. This was noticed again with the new approach of ASUS with a laptop integrating a ScreenPad in place of the trackpad allowing new actions and functionalities. You may think “who needs this?” and the question is more “why don’t we see more initiatives like this one, instead of focusing on a notch smartphone?”. Computex-Innovex also provided us with new opportunities and a different way of conceiving the interactions between the Human and the Machine. Stay tuned for our coming developments!

Now, if you already want to discover more about us and our technology, the former center of Europe’s creativity Pisa will host Eurohaptics at which we participate. Hopefully we will see you there for technical or business discussions!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is haptics?

The word “haptic,” from the Greek: ἁπτικός (haptikos), means “pertaining to the sense of touch.” Haptic technology recreates the sense of touch by applying force, vibration, or motion to the user.

 

What is the founder’s background?

After a PhD in the MEMS area, Cédrick Chappaz, CEO worked for more than 10 years in STMicroelectronics, a key player in the semiconductor market. He is author & co-author of more than 50 publications in the field of MEMS for mobile devices and inventor and co-inventor of 13 patents.

 

Where can you meet the team?

Most of our employees are based in Grenoble, France. We also have an office in Taiwan and in the next years we will be expanding to other countries. We welcome teams who want to discover our technology, touch it and move forward with a project.

 

What is hap2U’s expertise?

The team brings complementary expertise in material science, haptics, acoustics, embedded systems, electronics, software development, and user experience to allow users to touch and feel what is on their screens.

 

What is tactual perception?

Tactual perception refers to every type of sensation related to the sense of touch. It is based on pressure, friction, temperature. Hap2U’s solution is based on friction modulation.

 

How does hap2U technology work?

Piezo actuators generate ultrasonic vibrations on a glass screen and modify the friction of your finger. We synchronize the vibration with the position of the finger, enabling the user to feel what’s on the screen.

 

What is a piezoelectric actuator?

It is a component that converts an electrical signal into a precisely controlled physical displacement. At hap2U we use the electric field effect – the component stuck to the cover glass will contract or expand in order to deform the glass.

 

What is the Haptic Creation Tool?

The Haptic Creation Tool is a unique creation of our developers. It is a user-friendly interface designed for non-experts that lets you create your own textures and touch feedback.  With this software, pre-installed on the Xplore Touch, users are autonomous in building their own haptic feedback canvases and human machine interface applications.  All that’s needed is a little creativity to enrich the user experience with haptics!

Prototyping with hap2U

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At some point in time in your interactions with us, many of you have asked at least one of the following questions:

  • “Can your haptic technology be integrated into my device?”
  • “Up to what size of screen?”
  • “On what kind of material? Does it work on plastic?”
  • “What kind of applications have been built for my industry?”
  • “Can you replicate this particular texture?”
  • “What would be better, the discrete ceramics or hPiezo technology?”
  • “How quickly will my product be able to go to market?”

The answers are never simple.  It depends!

 

On what?

A number of factors influence the haptic effect and proposed design for any given device – from the layers of the display stack to the type of materials used to the type of use case imagined. Each of our partners will have their own specifications – which means that it is difficult to provide standard answers.  Instead, we prefer to study each case and provide a personalized proposal for a prototyping or proof-of-concept project.

 

These projects go something like this:

Step 1 – Understanding the project

In most cases, this first step is a face-to-face workshop where objectives are defined, and expectations and timelines are discussed.  Technical requirements are identified, and applicative use cases are described.  The partnership begins here, usually with a face-to-face workshop between the teams.

Step 2 – Technical feasibility pre-study

When a partner has an existing device or product into which they would like to integrate our technology, a preliminary technical feasibility pre-study is required.  These pre-studies are to identify and limit project risks and identify the complexity of the project (to estimate cost and timelines). Under strict confidentiality agreements, the partner and hap2U exchange information, including a sample that will be analyzed by our experts following several simulations.  The results of this pre-study are a technical report of pre-study results & technical feasibility, as well as the prototyping or POC project planning and budgets.

Step 3 – Project start

Armed with the project specifications, results of the technical pre-study (if required), and project plan our project teams get to work.  To simplify, we break our projects down into several work packages, often with go/no-go decisions at key stages.  These phases are used as touch points with our partners, to ensure that the project is aligned with expectations.   Readjustments to the project planning and deadlines may also be discussed at this time, and mock-ups of software development are discussed. Most POCs run from 3-6 months.

Step 4 – Prototype validation

Once the prototype and haptic applications are delivered to the partner, the ball is in their court for user testing.  In addition to validation by the partner, we suggest that they share the prototype with their customers through focus groups or specialized user testing.  In some projects, we offer the possibility to make modifications (for example, of the software application) even after delivery.

Post-project

Hap2U is a deep tech company – we design and develop the haptic technology that can be embedded into any hard surface or into any device.  Once a prototype has been validated, our business model is to work with partners to design their haptic devices for the best results, then transfer our technology know-how for manufacturing by them or their suppliers.  The timeline of this phase will depend on the manufacturing know-how and capacity of our partners and their suppliers, but we will work with them to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.

 

If you are interested in working with us on a POC, please contact us with the details of your project!

Haptic technologies

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Today let’s talk a bit about haptic technologies!

The haptic field is still new, and the coming years will see a drastic change in how we interact with our environment! How many haptic devices do you know so far? I guess, the vibration category is known by all of you. It corresponds to the one providing you with notifications or a click in your smartphone. It is commonly called the Vibrotactile. Different physical systems can provide a vibration feedback. One of the most renowned is the Eccentric Rotating Mass (ERM) that was traditionally integrated into mobile phones and gaming accessories such as controls for video-game consoles. A most recent type of physical system is Linear Resonant Actuators (LRA). It is faster than the traditional ERM and uses less power while providing a more accurate feedback. The last noticeable system to produce a vibrotactile feedback, such as a Click, is Electro-Active Polymer (EAP). The EAP are thin-layer of active material (200 µm) that can produce a deformation under a difference of voltage. With this technology there is a possibility for generating sound as well, in specific conditions of casing integration.

Now, if we leave the field of contact technologies for a quick moment, we can explore what is called mid-air haptic technologies. Basically, these haptic systems will let you feel a contact without contact! This works with using tiny kind-of-speakers which will focus all on one point on the hand or finger providing with a feeling of touch without a contact. This has nice applications for the medical field. It sounds promising and we are still expecting to see it happening in real life.

Then come the haptic technologies based on Friction-Modulation. Behind this barbaric term, relies a very simple principle in which the feeling of touch comes from a change in the friction between the finger and the interface. When you can precisely control the friction and its changes from rough to smooth and so on, then the possibilities of haptic rendering become endless. You can expect feeling fabric materials directly on your smartphone screen for instance. Different ways to monitor the friction exist and when having a specific look at hap2U technology, we can realize that is it purely based on mechanical vibration.

This vibration occurs at ultrasonic frequencies (above 20 kHz) and generates a thin-film of pressurized air between your finger and the screen thus modifying the friction. This way the vibration can be controlled and so is the feeling of touch. The pure mechanical characteristic means it has a high reliability in all environments (Daily life, Automotive, Industry …). Finally, this technology enables multiple features at the same time: haptic feedback, click function, multitouch and audio provided directly from the screen! There are a lot to expect from hap2U tech in a near-future !

From 0 to 12 employees in 2 years

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Constituting a team is not an easy task.

When I started in the company, only a few people were working at hap2U. Internal communication was quite easy as we were all working in the same room. Meetings were mainly informal, and decisions taken in a short time. But with the team growing quickly, we had to move to another office and adapt our organization.

I think that one of the first challenges you face when you grow your team, is internal communication. Everybody in the company doesn’t have to know everything. The challenge is to select relevant information to not saturate people with too much detail. We decided to start every week with a weekly meeting based on information sharing about technical improvements, projects, and business developments. The idea is to share only relevant information for everybody and do not last too long. We try to formalize internal meetings and improve our communication inside the company.

Another point to consider is to have a good work environment. Since the very beginning, hap2U is like a big family. We all know each other very well, we share time outside of work hours, we help each other. As a small team, we pay attention to new employees’ personality, to check cultural fit.  The well-being of employees is a major preoccupation within the company. We try to spend time together not only to work but also to have fun and… to eat! We celebrate “TGIF” with a delicious breakfast every Friday morning.

As you may know we are currently hiring. I spent some time talking with our CEO, here is what he has to say:

 

A word from our CEO Cédrick Chappaz 

  • How different is the hiring process of a startup as compared to big companies?
    • In a startup, relationship is a key success factor. So we need to take into account personality as well as skills.
  • The most important human value you look for when you’re hiring?
    • Altruism: Think as a team before as an individual.
  • Tips you wish you knew before you launched your startup?
    • How much it’s really important to know yourself. How far are you ready to go? What are the things you are ready to sacrifice and what not.
  • Where do you see hap2U in 2 years?
    • Hap2U is aiming to become a leader in the HMI area. Headcount in the team will represent between 40 – 50 people. I hope hap2U will become a reference of economic success and teamwork.
  • How do you define your startup culture?
    • Be positive, be open to change…and humility.
  • What gets you out of bed in the morning?
    • My alarm! … and the conviction that each day is a new one with its challenges, its defeats…and its victories!

The future of the automotive experience with haptic technology

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Close your eyes and think of your car without any mechanical buttons.  No power window switches, no fan controls, no windshield wiper buttons. Surfaces are streamlined, modern, clean.

Hap2U is on the way to bringing this to reality – our haptic technology can be integrated into more than just displays.  It is compatible with any hard surface, opening the possibility for it to be integrated into dashboards, windows, panels…and more.

 

Here are some of the ideas we’ve already come up with.  What other ideas do you have?

  • Haptic center console displays to control entertainment, navigation, and communication menus
  • To replace climate control buttons and switches
  • On or behind the steering wheel to activate and disactivate cruise control
  • Below the dashboard to turn on the windshield wipers
  • To replace power window switches, on the door armrest or directly on the window
  • In a car simulator, to learn how to drive
  • On your keyless entry fob to lock and unlock the car and open the trunk
What do you feel with hap2U technology

How does it feel when you touch hap2U technology?

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It is very difficult to explain the kind of feeling you experience with hap2U haptic technology.

You have to touch it to understand how it feels. Many people ask us if it is like touching textures or real buttons. But it is not. It is something new, different than everything you have ever experienced before. In order to put words on this feeling, I asked a few people outside of the company to share their experiences with hap2U technology.

 

Micah Murray – Cognitive neuroscientist at University of Lausanne

“The device impressively provides a haptic image that one can actively explore with a fingertip. The sensations and textures are convincing and can convey a clear impression of an object’s surface that one can moreover manipulate with a high level of precision even in the absence of any visual feedback.”

 

Vincent Blech – Museography, Universcience

“It was surprising at first. It felt almost strange, funny. Then I thought “Wow! They really did it!” and I wanted to touch and explore more: what else can they do with it? How accurate is it? How realistic is the sensation? What if I close my eyes? In the end, I wanted to forward to the future and see fully achieved applications.”

 

Philippe Wieczorek – Director, Software Department, Minalogic

“I heard about Hap2U for the first time a while ago, when the company was founded. At that time the concept was promising, but I only realized the potential of the technology when I experienced it at CES 2017 – you definitely should try to touch the fish – or the chameleon, the updated version of the demo – and feel the whaoo effect. Hap2U technology is clearly a game changer with hundreds immediate applications and thousands more yet to invent !”*

 

Francois Modarresse, VP Media Practice, EAEC

“I had some background with haptics since my days in the gaming and mobile industries. But hap2U brought that experience to a whole new level. Device makers, app developers, get the creative juices flowing: there is quite a new tool for you.”

 

Emily Huschen – Director of Marketing & Business Development, hap2U

“I remember the first time I tested a prototype sometime in 2016. I didn’t quite understand what was happening underneath my fingertip, some static electricity or vibration?  But after a few minutes, and other demos tested, I was sold on the idea and convinced of its potential.  So much that I joined the team in July 2017!”

 

Stevie Wonder at CES 2018, Las Vegas

“This is great.”

 

Eric Vezzoli – CEO, Go Touch VR

“the first time I tested ultrasonic technology was back in 2013. I was in the university lab for the interview for my PhD, and it was the first time that I could really test a Haptics technology. I was literally blown away the first time I touched it from the possibilities that such a technology could bring in real world applications. From that time, I was obsessed with Haptics”

 

Margot Coïc – Universcience

“It was surprising and tickling. The stimulus is strong and it gives materiality to the image.”

Meet Rémi in Taiwan!

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Hi everyone!

 

Did you know that we have an office in Taipei? Well, our office here allows us to prospect the leaders of the Display and the Touch Panel industries as well as some of the best Consumer companies from Asia! Hap2U is deeply involved into the Taiwanese ecosystem with its connection to local organizations and networks such as ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) and the support of La French Tech Taiwan. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to pitch for our disruptive haptic technology in front of Chen Liang-gee, the Minister of Sciences and Technology of Taiwan, Benoit Guidée the director of the French Office in Taipei as well as VC investors and executives of some of the most renowned Taiwanese companies!

 

Our implantation here is strategic for the development of our activities overseas and to strengthen our licensing model development. In Asia, the opportunities are huge with a fast-growing environment in a tough-competing atmosphere. We are in the ideal position to take advantage of this situation with our truly unique and patented haptic technology. It provides our customers with a distinctive feature from their competitors and enrich their user experience through the tactile features.

 

The next steps here will be to consolidate our partnerships with our current customers and to increase our resources to accelerate our Asian development. 2018 is full of challenges that we are looking to take on!

 

Rémi

Say “Hi” to our Xplore Touch

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Hey hey!

So, some of you have (rightfully!) asked, “What is it exactly that you’re selling?”  You’re right.  Let’s talk about our business today…specifically, our development kit, the Xplore Touch.

The Xplore Touch was born out of necessity – if our vision is to begin a haptic touchscreen revolution, we needed to start somewhere!  The Xplore Touch does it all – it is a demonstrator, an evaluation kit, and a development kit. It includes a powerful software development kit, the Haptic Creation Tool. With this software, you are autonomous in building your own haptic feedback canvases and human machine interface applications.   It is also constantly evolving to include updates to our technology.  Talk about a jack-of-all-trades!

The first version was shipped to our very early adopters in September 2017.  They used it to show management, test functionalities, and build applications.  Thanks to feedback from all of you, we are now on our forth version, having added a battery for mobile use and made important improvements in design, quality, and user experience.  Customers use the Xplore Touch as a first step to prototyping – they test  user experience and various applications.

This new batch is under development, with the first deliveries anticipated for mid-May.  If you’re interested in reserving yours, let us know!

Click here for more information on the Xplore Touch.

Minimum Viable Processes = The Right Balance of Formal and Informal

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Here at hap2U, we believe in balance – the right mix of two extremes – like working hard and having fun while we do it, respecting diversity and playfully making fun of each other, long working days with a relaxing lunch break.  And similarly, we have adopted an approach to business processes that increase productivity, but don’t bog us down with administrative tasks.  I like to call this “Minimum Viable Processes” – just enough process to streamline our activities, while keeping us flexible to adapt to our partners’ needs.

When I first started at hap2U, we had recently expanded from 6 employees to 12, had signed our first business contracts, and were getting ready to deliver our first batch of the Xplore Touch development kit.  Our inboxes and memories were feeling the growing pains, and we decided to implement CRM, Project Management, and back office tools throughout the company.

 

What?

We had a long list of requests for the new tool – more than just a platform to manage our customer interactions, we wanted a complete system that would grow and mature with us.  Luckily, the internet is full of solutions (just Google “CRM” and see for yourself!).  After a few weeks of market research, we agreed on an online out-of-the-box business process suite.  It had good reviews, helpful customer service, sophisticated analytics, killer apps… on top of an impressive, modulable feature list.  It was a fit!

 

How?

We started implementation in September 2017, module by module, starting with the CRM.  Each phase was preceded by a discussion on high level processes and business rules that would structure the tool.  This step was important – relevant team members provided their feedback on potential use cases, and we agreed together on the amount of detail that would be required.  This is where the “Minimum Viable Process” part comes in.  We agreed on what the minimum would be, with the option to be more complete when necessary. Thanks to our system’s modularity, we can pick and choose the feature set that makes the most sense to us.  And it’s adaptable – we are adjusting as we go (and grow!).

 

Why?

After a little more than six months of use, we confirm that processes aren’t just for well-established companies.  Start-ups can see the benefits quickly and easily with the right approach.  At hap2U, we now have well-followed Sales, Marketing, and Project Management processes. These modules are well used by the entire team.  Our communication is more efficient – we know where to find the most important information.  And best of all, with these foundations in place (and the data that comes with it), the next step will be to build helpful reports and dashboards with data-driven KPI’s to constantly improve and learn from our interactions.

Meet the team!

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We believe that a start-up can succeed with a cohesive team focused on a common goal. I was lucky enough to join hap2U a few months after it was founded, when even Google had not heard of us. As the third recruited employee, I’ve had the opportunity to discover (almost) every employee from their first day in the company. I will try to describe these crazy people (crazy about work of course) who share my everyday life.

The official bios are available on the Team page of the hap2U website. Here, you’ll find more personal presentations.

Mickael

Embedded Systems Engineer

Musician during the week-end, Mickael brings rhythm and melody to hap2U’s technological development. Signal generation holds no secrets for him, nor do the 6788 plants (and their gnats) he loves and cares for in our office. Mickael is never out of ideas when it comes to answering innovation challenges.

Trivia: Mickael can make you home-made terrariums, do not hesitate to contact him on Instagram @mck_cobi.

Tom

Software Developer

Tom used his designer skills to develop hap2U’s first application with haptic effects. The world’s first haptic fish… That’s all his creation! The Haptic Creation Tool, the first tool allowing to create textures on a screen … That’s also his creation! He is constantly pursued by his fans, but he’d rather spend his time surrounded by his cats.

Trivia: Tom is our official Kinder Bueno and Strawberry Tagada provider.

Matthieu

Research Engineer

Calm and wise are two words that define Matthieu pretty well. Those are important qualities for this acoustic expert who is constantly listening to the waves emitted by our haptic slabs. A true researcher, Matthieu offers his knowledge to hap2U’s technological development and never misses an opportunity to discover new ways to integrate our technology into touch surfaces.

Trivia: If you’re wondering why hap2U needs an acoustic expert, visit our Technology page.

Baptiste

Software Developer

Before finding his true passion for software, Baptiste developed his voice -  he is known as hap2u’s best singer, always ready to use his beautiful voice during informal blind tests over the lunch break. But Baptiste is above all an unlimited source of information about software, IT-security and HMI, always ready and able to give his expert advice to his colleagues.

Trivia: Makes homemade croissants and pains au chocolat for the team on Friday mornings.

Emily

Marketing & Business Development

Don’t be fooled by her perfect French accent (except for pronouncing the word “Ecureuil”), Emily is coming straight from the US with the American ambition to make hap2U thrive. She defines the marketing strategy, build processes, manages projects, closes sales, negotiates…but above all, Emily knows how to lead her team, empowering them and advocates for personal development and fulfilment.

Trivia: Emily has initiated her colleagues to green smoothies and zucchini brownies.

Cédrick 

CEO

Cédrick founded hap2U two years ago, hired about fifteen people and raised the funds to make hap2U successful. He is a very attentive and positive manager, who has never stopped believing in his project, and brings all of his energy to hap2u’s success. (By the way, he should think about taking some vacation!)

Trivia: Dreams about becoming Jean Dujardin in OSS 117. His motto is: “s’agirait de grandir” and “Habile…”

Bruno

Electronics Engineer

Hap2U’s haptic technology is not possible without his hard work in electronic customization. He focuses on the Xplore Touch’s electronics and is constantly looking for new developments (between flights to go kitesurfing). A soldering iron in hand and a spark in his eyes, the lab holds no secrets for him anymore.

Trivia: Bruno has been spotted sleeping in his van, in hap2U’s parking lot.

Simon

Electronics Technician

In spite of his young age, we call him hap2U’s Macgyver - he never runs out of ideas and motivation. Technician, welder, LED manufacturer, sales person, stand designer, and 3D printing expert, he can manufacture a development kit in 20 seconds and swim to Taiwan via the Pacific Ocean.

Trivia: Simon has been spotted at 3 am in pyjamas at hap2U’s office

Celia

Digital Marketing & Communication

With a background in architecture and graphic design and impassioned by illustrations, Célia brought her delicate brushstroke to hap2U’s communication. Her geek-like tendencies allow her to closely coordinate with the software developers on user experience improvements.

Trivia: She largely dominates her colleagues at Minecraft

Rémi

Business Developer (based in Taiwan)

With a background in engineering, Rémi is the expat, developing hap2U business in Asia. Rémi quickly adapted to the Asian market and perfected his skills in sales and marketing to create targeted offers for the consumer electronics market.

Trivia: Rémi is looking for a champagne and cheese supplier in Taipei.

Marine

Marketing & Business Development

As the first marketer recruited to the team, I had the great “pleasure” to annoy my technical colleagues with strategy, business, sales, communication, logo… and other mysterious things for engineers. But I hope that I have built the foundations of hap2U’s marketing success.

Trivia: I have an alarming addiction to bread.

I hope you enjoyed this team description! If you want to join us, follow the link : http://www.hap2u.net/jobs/

Xplore Touch at Palais de la Découverte – the Science Museum of Discovery in Paris

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On Sunday, 11 March 2018 the exhibition dedicated to computer and digital sciences (Espace Informatique et Sciences du Numérique) was inaugurated in Paris.

This permanent exhibit is dedicated to data, algorithms, codes, and machines; the main foundations of information technology. Other subjects linked to digital sciences and based on IT are also addressed: big data, machine learning, robots, and networks.

Hap2u is proud and honored to have been selected to exhibit the Xplore Touch, which illustrates the future of user interfaces.

The Xplore Touch is displayed on the technology stage, which aims to showcase how digital sciences will be integrated into the future products we use every day.

         At the exhibition you will discover other disruptive technologies, such as "LiFi by Lucibel,” a light-based Internet access solution and “Fluid” System, a touchless medical image navigation solution, based on gesture controlled and developed by Therapixel.

Come discover hap2U, Lucibel, and Therapixel technology at this very exciting and highly relevant exhibit, for young and old, from 13 March 2018 for three years.

More information at: http://www.palais-decouverte.fr

Welcome to our blog

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Hello! And welcome to hap2U’s updated blog.  We’ve redesigned and rethought this space to better communicate to you – our partners, our support network, and our investors – on new and interesting topics.

So, visit often to read about the life of hap2U as a small and growing deep tech start-up, stay updated on new products and features, learn about our business approach and processes, and most of all, have fun while you’re at it.

A preview of what’s in store for March:

  • CES results
  • Meet the team at hap2U
  • “hap2U Technology for Dummies”
  • How we build “most viable processes”
  • And some surprises!

 

Let us know what you think!  What else would you like to hear about?

Talk to you soon,

Emily (on behalf of all of us at hap2U)