Background

Founded in 2001 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Force Dimension has been the leading innovator in high precision haptics technology. The company has gained international reputation for developing and manufacturing its distinctive design and advanced force-feedback interfaces for robotics, industry, aerospace, medical and consumer electronics applications.

As a product design company, Force Dimension also licenses and develops customized robotic and VR solutions for a wide range of application areas. Over the years, Force Dimension has also closely collaborated with academic institutions such as EPFL and Stanford University, as well and design schools which include ECAL and the Swiss Design Center.

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Timeline

Aug 2020

Consumer Entertainment

Force Dimension launches its high definition haptics control and rendering technology for entertainment. This new technology enables game development studios to easily incoporate ultrarealistic force-feedback capabilities in their applications.

Aug 2020

Nov 2019

International Space Station (ISS)

In collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), Force Dimension certifies the sigma.7 haptic device for space and launches the device to the International Space Station (ISS). For the first ever, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano successfully teleoperates a robot manipulator located on earth with 3D force-feedback interface.

Jun 2018

Art of Watchmaking

In collaboration with Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet, Force Dimension introduces the ChronoSim, the first haptic device for watch designers.

Jun 2018

Sep 2017

Lambda Haptic Device

Titan Medical introduces the SPORT System which integrates Force Dimension's latest lambda haptic devices.

Apr 2016

OceanOne

Force Dimension provides the haptic devices for OceanOne, an underwater robot developped by Stanford University and Google, and powered by artificial intelligence and haptic feedback systems. The system allows human pilots an unprecedented ability to explore the depths of the oceans in high fidelity.

Apr 2016

Jul 2015

Medical Robotics

Medrobotics receives CE and FDA clearance for the Flex® Robotic System for ENT applications. The surgical system incorporates Force Dimension's omega.3 haptic device.

Nov 2014

Hansen Medical

Force Dimension’s medical haptic devices cumulate a total of more than 15,000 clinical cases of surgeons using the devices for surgical interventions.

Nov 2014

Mar 2013

Haptics and Industrial Robotics

Vulcan Engineering introduces the VTS, a large industrial robot that is operated manually with an omega.3 haptic device for cutoff and grinding operations.

Jan 2013

NeuroArm

IMRIS and the University of Calgary perform the first human clinical trials of the NeuroArm, an MRI compatible robot for brain surgery that is operated by two omega.7 haptic devices.

Jan 2013

Jun 2012

Medical Simulation

Force Dimension develops and manufactures the first ScanTrainer TAS for Medaphor.  

Mar 2012

Sigma.7 Haptic Console

Force Dimension releases the sigma.7 console, a bimanual interface designed for robotics manipulation.

Mar 2012

Nov 2011

Medical Robotics

Magnetecs incorporates the omega.3 haptic device in its robotic Catheter Guidance Control and Imaging (CGCI) system for minimally invasive surgery.

May 2010

Sigma.7 Haptic Device

Force Dimension introduces the sigma.7 haptic device, the first commercial haptic device to incorporate high forces, torques and grasping capabilities. The device is integrated in the MIRO surgical robot system designed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

May 2010

Jan 2009

Delta.X Haptic Device

Force Dimension launches a redesigned version of the delta.3 haptic devices.

Sep 2007

Novint Falcon

Force Dimension licenses its haptic technology to Novint Technologies. Launch of the world first 3D consumer haptic device designed for the entertainment market.

Sep 2007

Aug 2008

Hansen Medical

The Hansen Medical Sensei® Robotic System which incorporates Force Dimension’s medical omega.3 haptic device receives FDA clearance and CE mark. The first systems are shipped.

Sep 2007

First Flights in Microgravity

In collaboration with SRI International and NASA, Force Dimension performs first experimental tests of omega.7 haptic devices in microgravity aboard a C9 aircraft.

Sep 2007

Mar 2007

Omega.7 Haptic Device

Force Dimension introduces the omega.7 haptic device, the first commercial 7-dof haptic device with grasping force-feedback technology.

Aug 2006

FDA Certification

Force Dimension releases its first medically certified haptic interface. The system is integrated in the Sensei robotic system developed and commercialized by Hansen Medical.

Aug 2006

Jan 2005

Sales Network

Force Dimension expands its sales activities to Japan, Korea and China.

Mar 2004

Omega.6 Haptic Device

Force Dimension releases the omega.6 haptic device with a stylus like end-effector.

Mar 2004

Mar 2003

Omega.3 Haptic Device

Force Dimension launches the award-winning omega.3 haptic device, the world’s first haptic interface to incorporate USB 2.0 technology.

Apr 2002

Delta.6 Haptic Device

Force Dimension introduces the delta.6 haptic device, a novel interface that incorporates both force and torque feedback capabilities.

Apr 2002

Aug 2001

Delta.3 Haptic Device

Force Dimension launches its first product, the delta.3 haptic device.

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