San Francisco- and London-based startup Massless has raised $2 million in seed funding for an Apple Pen-like stylus for use in extended reality (XR).
Massless will use the investment to “develop a world-class team of hardware and software engineers to complete the pen and to secure an initial group of industry-leading customers using the pen in production”.
The Massless Pen is an “intuitive, precise, flexible input device that helps design and engineering professionals to rapidly adopt XR for a much better production experience”. It packs “significant capability” to increase productivity and creativity among engineers and designers.
Dr Jack Cohen, chief executive officer and co-founder of Massless, said: “The end-to-end enterprise design process is going through a significant period of transition and rapid growth. Enabling technologies are coming together to deliver the XR promise of reduced design cycles, increased productivity and improved creativity.”
“This investment will accelerate our development to become a driving force in this ecosystem. We’re excited about the opportunities that our tools will create for professionals across all industries where design and engineering is a competitive differentiator, including media, entertainment, civil engineering and automotive.”
Commenting on the investment, Cyan Banister, partner at Founders Fund, said: “Massless has recruited exceptional talent, including industry experts, to execute on a very ambitious vision. The team understands how to combine hardware, software and human-enhancing UX to create an intuitive and powerful XR tool for design and engineering professionals.”
Cohen revealed that the Massless Pen is being trialled with “some of the world’s largest companies across our different target industries”.
He continued: “The initial response from the trials and hands-on demos has been incredible—especially from designers and engineers who have high expectations for a tool they rely on every day.”
“We’re really excited about the Massless Pen and the other products in our roadmap, they are all part of our vision to build tools that make interacting with the digital workplace more human, intuitive, fluid and limitless. We want to help unlock creativity and problem-solving in the workplace.”