Think of when you’re reading an article on your phone, and you want to send snippets of it to your friend. You have to select the text, copy and paste it, select the social network on which to send it then find your friend. It’s a hassle. But now you can save time with ‘FingerSense’, and do it just by tapping your knuckle.

California based Qeexo is a company spun off from Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. In 2012, Sangwon Lee, Julia Schwarz and Chris Harrison founded the company with the goal of improving digital interaction via touch screen. The team name Qeexo came out from CTO, Chris’s memory of traveling the world with his dad. He remembered a Somali word ‘qeex’ which means ‘to analyze’. As they wanted to put adventurous name and still keep the meaning of their research background, they chose the name ‘Qeexo’.

The Qeexo team first developed FingerSense, a patented technology that knows whether you are using your finger tab, knuckle, nail or stylus to touch the screen. FingerSense received $ 2.9M Series A investment from Sierra Ventures and Danhua Capital in Silicon Valley. (It is known to be $2.3M in other articles, but Lee said $2.9M is correct) FuturePlay, TheVentures came in as Angel investors.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com