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Western Switzerland tech pioneers come one step closer to embodying the Metaverse


4 July 2022

Metaphysiks, an immersive technology company based in Lausanne, has received a financing of USD 2 million for its neuro-haptic skin that allows users to bring their sensations, emotions, and cognition into the Metaverse.

After a decade of cutting-edge research in the EPFL-based laboratories of Metaphysiks’ co-founder and world-leading neuroscientist, Prof. Olaf Blanke, the start-up has unveiled its core technology, called MetaTouch. MetaTouch effectively connects the nervous system via the surface of the skin using neuroscience-based thermo-variant & haptic-tactile products, with the end goal of inducing or enriching conscious experiences integrated with digital environments.

Through its technology, the start-up based in Lausanne (canton of Vaud) will contribute to humanizing the Metaverse, bringing physical and emotional engagement into the digital world.

The financing round in the amount of USD 2 million was led by international investment firm, TNF (The New Frontiers) Investments, with the participation of numerous prominent investors including Logitech, Tej Tadi (founder of Swiss unicorn Mindmaze), and All Here SA. Samir Khosla, Venture Partner at TNF, who has been working closely with the founders since 2021, has been appointed to the Metaphysiks’ Board of Directors.

Through its first product “STiLL”, Metaphysiks is able to deliver rich bodily touch sensations that mimic physiological signals and deliver them in an integrated methodology, prompting the user’s mind to generate conscious experiences.

Positively transforming human lives

TNF Investments founder, commented: “We are delighted to support Metaphysiks’ rollout of its cutting-edge immersive technology that will empower digital environments with new and rich tactile experiences, deeply rooted in neuroscience. Metaphysiks is poised to positively transform human lives and institutions by merging the physical and digital worlds.”

The pioneering team behind Metaphysiks includes several industry leading experts, boasting decades of experience in the field of robotics, neuroscience and haptic technology from the EPFL and Campus Biotech in Geneva.