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iXu - Send your loved one touch over distance

A huggable designer teddy bear which mirrors touch over distance.

iXu - Send your loved one touch over distance

A huggable designer teddy bear which mirrors touch over distance.

$8,570
pledged of 10.000 $pledged of 10.000 $ goal
61
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, November 26 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

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You can send a personal touch message in two ways:

1. With the bear

2. With the iXu mobile companion app

The iXu mobile companion app features

The iXu App connects your loved one’s iXu bear to your smartphone via the internet. Using the iXu App, you can send a touch to your loved one by caressing your iXu bear’s back or stroking your smartphone touch screen.

Alternatively, you can send a recorded touch to be received later whenever your loved one wants. This is especially useful when your loved one is in a different time zone. You can also chat easily through the iXu App.

The iXu App is compatible with Android and iOS.

Summary of the iXu features

  • Mirroring touch anywhere in the world
  • Receiving and sending touch messages using the iXu bear
  • Two modes of operation: Real-time communication & recorded touch message
  • Two ways of sending a touch: Stroking iXu bear’s back & using a smartphone touch screen
  • On-line chatting with text messages
  • USB battery charging
  • Automatic sleep mode
  • Save your latest touch for later





“Humans have a deeply rooted craving to touch and be touched by another person - it’s known as touch hunger. It’s how we share feelings, bond with loved ones, and even relieve stress and pain. By developing iXu, we help families and couples live happier and healthier lives by growing and nurturing the feeling of closeness between people who are not together,” says JoyHaptics CEO and Co-founder Dr. Jussi Tuovinen.

“The JoyHaptics iXu Bear is the best possible way of realistically reproducing this form of required touch across long distances given the current technology available,” says Dr. Ajay Prabhu, an Advisor for JoyHaptics and COO of global engineering services giant QuEST Global.

“Decades of engineering have gone into transmitting sounds and pictures to help us feel connected with our loved ones, but it doesn’t capture the irreplaceable need we have to be touched and touch others. JoyHaptics is pioneering a new way forward with science-based, C-Tactile touch devices to create an even fuller and more personal experience for those people in long-distance relationships,” continues Prabhu.


Founded on an ambitious goal and a big heart.

In 2014, Jussi Tuovinen, an award-winning engineer and scientist, found himself in a long-distance relationship. While he was working in Dublin, Ireland, his family lived in Espoo, Finland.

Despite the variety of options to stay in touch with his wife, Jussi noticed he was still missing something. The feeling of true closeness just wasn’t fully deliverable through mere words and seeing each other on screen.

Jussi saw this as a challenge, and where there’s a problem, there’s a solution. Jussi, together with his co-founder, Kai, went on to research different types of technical solutions and human psychology to create a humane, real-life experience of touch that can be sent over distance.

So began the story of JoyHaptics in 2015. To this day, Jussi and Kai have been perfecting the product to convey a true experience of caress and closeness. 

The science behind iXu by JoyHaptics

"We all need touch - How science and technology are helping long-distance relationships and beyond ", is the title of our whitepaper, which describes the science behind iXu by Joyhaptics.

Humans have a fundamental psychological, physical and social need to touch and to be touched by another person....READ MORE 


Follow our journey through iXu’s product development:

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Risks and challenges

We started to develop iXu three years ago. The solution is based on research, which we extensively explored before the actual development of the final product. We have gathered a strong experienced team of international talents, product developers, designers, brand experts and business developers. In the past, our team has brought successfully to market consumer products and led projects where very challenging satellite instruments were built for space use.

When starting manufacturing in large scale, it is normal that some minor adjustment might have to be done in order to perfect the process. To minimize the likelihood for any hiccups in the process we have invested in careful planning and partner selection already early on.

Sometimes unforeseen things may happen and cause a delay. To minimize this possibility we have ensured that our partners and suppliers are, experienced and reliable. For all critical components (in the product) we always have a backup supplier. We are working with well-known suppliers who have years of experience in delivering excellent products.

You will receive frequent updates on our progress and orders. In case of delays we will proactively inform you.

A monetary pledge of any size brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us make iXu fully funded. Thank you for your help!

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