Canesta is the inventor of a revolutionary, low-cost electronic perception
technology that enables machines and ordinary electronic devices to perceive and react to nearby objects or individuals in real time.
When sight-enabled with Canesta's unique electronic perception chips and
software, consumer, automotive, industrial, military, and medical products
can gain functionality and ease of use not possible in an era when such
devices were blind.
Canesta believes future applications of electronic perception technology are
virtually as broad as the imagination. They may include intelligent
automobile airbag systems that can sense the size and position of an
occupant to control deployment and avoid injury, a low-false-alarm security
system that could detect the difference between an intruder and normal
activity, such as a pet moving or child visiting the bathroom at night, or
robotic tools that can successfully operate in a dynamic, rather than static
Canesta was founded in April 1999, and is located in San Jose, CA. The
company has filed in excess of forty patents, 12 of which have been granted
so far. Investment to date exceeds $36 million, from Apax Partners, Carlyle
Venture Partners, Intel Capital, JP Morgan Partners, Korea Global IT Fund
(KGIF), TechFund Capital, Thales Corporate Ventures, and Venrock Associates.