New Details On Tactus’ Funding

On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans.

Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million in its Series B round, with Thomvest Ventures as the lead investor, with Ryoyo, Wistron and other undisclosed strategic and financial investors participating. Ciesla says that the company is using the money to scale up its production in the wake of the Wistron partnership.

There are attachments for existing, standalone devices, as well as integrated devices that will include the company’s technology embed the company’s microfluidic technology to automatically raise and lower keypads on flatscreen devices into any tablet or mobile phone.

Now with the company laser-focused on getting the products into the hands of consumers, consumers can expect that Tactus-enabled attachments for mobile devices will be coming to market toward the end of 2014 and integrated devices should be on shelves in the first half of 2015.

While the company sees the greatest demand in mobile computing, Ciesla says the company will look beyond mobile devices to the automotive space to solve the driver distraction issue.