Haptic Touchpad Maker Sensel Receives $18.8M in Funding Led by GLT and Lenovo

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  • Haptic touchpad maker Sensel has raised $18.8 million in funding.
  • Lenovo is the latest investor in the company, joining Global Lighting Technologies.
  • The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G was the first laptop to ship with a Sensel haptic touchpad.
  • The funding will help Sensel expand its production of haptic touchpads for personal computing devices.

Sensel, a company specializing in haptic touchpads, has raised $18.8 million in funding, which will be used to expand its manufacturing. In total, Sensel has raised over $57 million since its inception in 2013.

Global Lighting Technologies is Sensel’s strategic manufacturing partner, and it led the latest round of fundraising. It was joined by Lenovo, which was already a Sensel customer but is now also an investor.

“Sensel’s goal of shipping high-volume yet cost-effective haptic touchpads will be achieved with our strategic module partner, GLT,” said Harsha Rao, Chief Product and Strategy Officer. in Sensell. “With any advanced technology, scaling up manufacturing rapidly is the holy grail. This partnership is essential for the next phase of Sensel, as it brings sophisticated automation, scale and manufacturability to our innovative solutions. »

Sensel is a unique player in the trackpad space as it tightly integrates the three essential components of a haptic trackpad, touch, force and haptics. This paves the way for thinner laptops and offers a range of other benefits.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Titanium Yoga

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The first laptop to ship with a Sensel touchpad was the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G. Lenovo was presumably happy with the touchpad ever since the company joined Global Lighting Technologies as an investor in Sensel.

“Following the success of the touchpad experience in the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, we are excited to become investors in Sensel as part of their Series B augmentation,” said Luis Hernandez, VP of Solutions Development. of commercial products, Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group. “This strategic investment will help accelerate our co-development of best-in-class haptic touchpads, improving user experience across a wide range of Lenovo laptops in 2022 and beyond.”

After Sensel completed its Series A fundraiser in 2020, the company shipped its touchpad in the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga and Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio. Today, the company aims to grow by increasing its manufacturing.

Our Editor Daniel Rubino spoke with Dean Chang, Director of Product Management at Sensel, about the company’s haptic touchpads.

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