Finland: Port 6, a Finnish startup innovating human-computer interaction, has raised €1 million in seed funding. The round was led by investment fund Superangel, and saw participation from Superhero Capital, Charlotta Björnberg-Paul, and the founders of Pipedrive: Urmas Purde, Timo Rein, and Peep Vain.
The company’s story began as classically trained pianist Jamin Hu, one of the founders, noticed he had a tendency to practice his piano or even typing his thoughts out in mid-air. He thought to himself: “How cool would it be if a computer knew what my hand was doing at any point in time?” This thought led to the rapid development of a prototype that could capture his hands’ movements.
Now, Port 6 is building the AI-driven, biometrics-based technologies that allow creativity and interaction in augmented and virtual computing platforms at a level so powerful, intuitive, and liberating it feels like a sixth sense.
Founded in 2020, the company’s prototype enables typing, gaming, playing musical instruments, creating artwork, controlling an operating system, and many more use cases with only a wristband.
The team – consisting of research scientists, electrical engineers, data scientists, designers, and Miklu Silvanto (ex-Apple) and Markku Mäkeläinen (ex-Facebook) as advisors – wants to build the leading interaction laboratory in Europe and the world-class knowledge to create the next era of human-computer interaction.