OnTheGo raises cash to bring gesture recognition to smart glasses

onthego44OnTheGo wants to make smart glasses even smarter. And the five-person Portland startup has secured $700,000 in fresh capital to do just that.

“The cornerstone of our platform is gesture recognition software that turns the outward facing camera on smart glasses … into a sensor that recognizes hand gestures,” says OnTheGo developer evangelist Tyler Phillipi.

OnTheGo is currently working with Vuzix, Recon, and The Shop at VSP Global. The company notes in a press release that the smart glass experience is currently “broken.”

“Developers and manufacturers are stuck designing to touch­-based platforms in what is increasingly becoming a non­-touch world. Fumbling for a button, swiping a touchpad or using a voice command is the antithesis of why this technology was developed. We can fix it.”

Investing in the round was FG Angels, the new Angel List syndicate fund of Brad Feld’s Foundry Group. It marks FG Angels’ first investment, with the fund providing $330,000 of the $700,000.

“We are fascinated with Google Glass and the potential for more tightly integrated human computer interaction as a result of technologies like Google Glass,” said Feld in a blog post.

OnTheGo is led by CEO Ryan Fink, who previously founded the location-based social network Bubl. Here’s a closer look at how the technology works:

Introducing OnTheGo Platforms from OnTheGo Platforms on Vimeo.


  • http://www.jehnglynn.com/ Jehn Glynn

    What I find most interesting about Google Glass in general, is how personal your experience becomes as the user. When you are taking photos with your phone, anyone around you can see and proof what that photo looks like, instantly. Or, if you are playing a game on your phone – anyone near you, can see what you are playing. With google glass – it is your experience, in that moment.