3D Imaging Company Mantis Vision Buys Israeli AI Startup BrainVu
BrainVu’s technology uses machine vision to identify the mental state of a person from an image captured by a smartphone camera
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Founded in 2016, BrainVu’s technology develops machine vision-based technology to deduce the mental state of a person from an image captured by a smartphone camera. The company’s technology, patented but still not commercial, combines eye movement tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fmri), which measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow. The company states its research suggests that “unique physiological biomarkers in eye dynamics” can help identify mental states such as alertness, attention, stress and mental effort.
The company did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.
Founded in 2005 and based in central Israel, Mantis Vision develops 3D scanning technologies used to instantly capture and share high-resolution 3D volumetric content for a wide range of applications, from facial recognition technologies to augmented reality applications. In July, Mantis bought Park City, Utah-based depth sensing startup Alces Technology, Inc. It also announced a $55 million investment from Samsung Catalyst Fund, Chinese company Luenmei Quantum Co. Ltd., and a third, undisclosed investor. Mantis has raised $83 million to date.