I was made aware of Surrogate.tv’s work earlier this year when the site secreted a Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit tournament. Nintendo’s IRL take on its favourite race deed was a great showcase for the technology — though, admittedly, there was enough lag in the remote operation to draw ascertain something of an issue.
Of course, Mario Kart is just one of the experiences the scaffold offers. It’s a pretty broad range, all told, from pinball to battling robots to claw machines. The diversification of event is probably the service’s biggest forte, all told.
Today the Finnish startup announced that it has closed a $2.5 million seed round, led by Supernode Global and followed by PROfounders, Brighteye Ventures and Business Finland. The recent summarize assembles a$ 2 million pre-seed announced by the company last year.
The company’s big play-act is an ultra-low-latency streaming and robotics wrap that lets users remotely restrain real-world objects in the manner of a streaming gaming assistance. Another recent example is a partnership with Ubisoft, where customers fostered miniature Viking ships against strongman Hafthor Bjornsson, for some reason. 2020, I guess.
“Previously, such teleoperation engineering be accessed exclusively for very specific, chiefly enterprise, applications, ” CEO Shane Allen said of the seed invoke. “With this second round of funding, we will be able to launch a cord of energizing initiatives that will enable people to create events that have never been possible before, all working our technology.”
It seems clear that Surrogate.tv is looking to expand beyond its own entertainment site, offering up its teleoperation technology to interested third-parties. It’s something many have no doubt been investigating in a year when in-person contests have been largely off limits.
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