A software application that integrates technology from Prof. Matthew Turk's start-up company Caugnate – which was acquired by PTC in 2016 – took center stage at Augmented World Expo 2017 in Santa Clara, California. Unveiled as Project Chalk during the keynote presentation by PTC Vuforia President Jay Wright, the technology enables users to interact with others through video calling.
The Caugnate start-up company co-founded in 2014 by then PhD candidate Steffen Gauglitz and CS Professor Matthew Turk evolved from publications in 2012 on the topic of augmented reality; receiving “Best Paper Honorable Mention” at MobileHCI and “Best Paper Award” at the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality. That same year, Gauglitz’s project on telecollaboration in physical spaces was funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.
In 2015, the company participated in the UCSB New Venture Competition Finals, the Citrix Innovators Startup Accelerator, and also received NSF Small Business Innovation Research funding.
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