Shyam Kamadolli

Chief Business Officer, Tactai, Inc.

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Tactai, an ambitious little startup headquartered in Waltham, predicts that within two years, every smartphone will have software embedded into it that will make your touch screen come to life. You’ll be able to feel the heat of a cup of coffee, the softness of a cashmere sweater, the delicate texture of an egg.

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Silicon Valley is aiming to monetize VR with the likes of MasterCard, Swarovski, IKEA and Lowe’s Company playing a part. Tactai products like Tactai Touch preserve and provide a refined sense of touch in VR.

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Tactai’s technology goes further than past touch feedback — or haptic — devices since it gives you a much more fine-grained sense of what you’re touching, based on a demo I saw.

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Evoking complex emotions through touch. An ecosystem that enables touch in virtual reality. A wearable device that realistically simulates touch. Tactai enables a deeper connection with technology through the sense of touch.

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Tactai was at CES 2017. From four days of sharing the future of VR with hundreds of guests, we learned that everyone is ready and excited to bring touch to VR.