SynTouch Wins POPULAR MECHANICS’ Breakthrough Award

Friday, October 11th, 2013

BioTac Recognized as World-Changing Solution

LOS ANGELES, California, October 11, 2013 – SynTouch LLC, developer and maker of the only sensor technology in the world that endows robots with the ability to replicate – and sometimes exceed – the human sense of touch, has been awarded a POPULAR MECHANICS’ Breakthrough Innovator Award.

Gerald Loeb and Jeremy Fishel have won this award for developing the BioTac®, a sensing technology that mimics the tactile abilities and features of the human finger. “We aim to facilitate the evolution of robots to adaptable and human-like models that function well in unstructured environments with imperfect movements. The BioTac will pave the way for a new generation of industrial, medical, and military robots, as well as prosthetic limbs,” said Dr. Gerald Loeb, CEO at SynTouch.

POPULAR MECHANICS annually selects winners for its Breakthrough Awards, which recognize the innovators and products that have advanced the fields of technology, medicine, space exploration, automotive design, and more. The honorees will be recognized in their November issue and also at a day-long conference and gala awards ceremony at Hearst Tower in New York.

“The magazine’s editors believe our work is a life-changing idea that will help shape the future, and we’re proud to have that recognition,” said co-recipient and SynTouch’s research director Jeremy Fishel.

Previous awardees include Elon Musk (2012), J. Craig Venter (2010), and the NASA Phoenix Mars Mission (2008). This prestigious award comes on the heels of the World Economic Forum’s selection of SynTouch as a Technology Pioneer in August.

About SynTouch

SynTouch LLC developed and makes the only sensor technology in the world that endows robots with the ability to replicate – and sometimes exceed – the human sense of touch. Its lead product – the BioTac® – mimics the physical properties and sensory capabilities of the human fingertip. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Los Angeles, SynTouch provides Machine Touch™ – complete tactile sensing solutions for industrial, medical and military applications:


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