UICO was founded in 2007 when Apple launched the iPhone. Our founders, veterans in touch technology and product development, made a bet that touchscreens would become ubiquitous. Their vision was to bring touch to generations of future smart products in industrial and durable markets by making it possible for capactive sensing to work in harsh environments. To make it happen, the team had to bend a few laws of physics, create algorithms, firmware and software, and build infrastructure to make touchscreens that work with heavy water, thick gloves, thick glass and extreme temperatures - all the obstacles that the touch on smartphones could not overcome.
They made duraTOUCH® capacative touch technology that enables touchscreens to work with thick gloves, up to 4mm thick glass, 2.5 gallons of water pouring on the screen, and temperature extremes ranging from -40C to +85C. duraTOUCH® touchscreens would be the first to enable a host of new industrial-grade devices to work in harsh environments.
duraTOUCH® was quickly implemented by McDonald's in their McCafe® machine and other major global brands followed suit.
Building on our mission to make smart devices work everywhere, we set out to accelerate the world’s transition to touch.
UICO has close ties to the University of Chicago and the Booth School of Business where we raised angel capital from Hyde Park Angels. Currently, we are backed by Plymouth Venture Partners and Beringea.