DimensionalMechanics is coming out of stealth mode and today announced a $4.7 million investment round to help build out its enterprise artificial intelligence platform.
The Bellevue-based startup is still in the early stages of development, but investors see potential. Its product takes human-level problem-solving skills and automates it for businesses that need help analyzing large amounts of information or simulating certain scenarios.
“We are trying to build a platform that acts like a human brain,” CEO and co-founder Rajeev Dutt told GeekWire.
Human brains can see or imagine how things work, or ask the question of “why” as opposed to “what,” Dutt explained. DimensionalMechanics brings this level of processing into a cloud-based platform that businesses can implement within their existing applications.
The company’s main product, NeoPulse, can understand basic concepts, connections, themes, and patterns between two sets of data, and improve its performance over time. There are four main areas that NeoPulse helps with: content curation, complex simulation, predictive analysis, and data optimization.
“As a result, NeoPulse can create patterns of understanding that mimic how we think ourselves,” explained co-founder Dave Hebert, a Microsoft veteran and former Qumulo employee.
Use cases include a broadcast news station needing to distill mass amounts of footage into a 2-minute video — NeoPulse can identify which clips show the president talking about Cuba over a 12-month period, for example.
Another use is in the fashion industry. NeoPulse can help clothing designers go beyond simple 3D simulations and understand the physics of certain fabric against a certain body type to precisely depict how clothing will hug the body or how a skirt might flow and fold.
Dutt, who has a theoretical physics background and previously worked at HP, Microsoft, and Intel, noted a few key competitors but said DimensionalMechanics differentiates itself by offering a horizontal, wide-ranging solution versus something for a specific problem or vertical.
“Our platform is part of a general type of AI solution which is supposed to be applicable to a broad range of problems,” he said.
The financing round was led by Seattle-based investor Kent Johnson and included participation from the founders and other angels. The year-old company employs nine people and is made up of AI experts, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, and others.