Nod Labs was founded in 2013 with a focus on Machine Interaction, Intelligence and Perception.
In 2014 Nod released it’s first product the Nod Ring – a gestural input medium to interact with the ambient compute.
The Nod Ring was ahead of it’s time. It packed 70 different components onto your index finger to interact with the smart “IoT” world around you.
However, the Ambient Compute around us took longer to become a reality and we decided the time was right for the Nod Ring. Sometime in the distant future we still strongly believe you will have to find another medium of input to complement Speech as the input modality. Keyboards, Mice and touchscreens have each caused a computing revolution and there will be one with gestures and we will be awaiting it with the successor to the Nod Ring.
In 2015-2016 Nod applied its Neural Network based gestural engine to build the Nod Backspin as a 3DoF Controller for the VR Market.
In 2017 we quickly followed it with a 6DoF tracking module for AR / VR Head and Controller tracking. This was especially challenging since we had to run all our perception algorithms on a Intel Movidius Myriad2 processor and still be able to achieve high accuracy.
Our deep expertise in Neural Network based Perception on very low power devices led us to invest heavily in the A.I Framework to be able to achieve these feats. We could do 100+ FPS depth on very low power devices using our AI Framework enhancements. These AI Framework optimizations have now taken on their own life as a product and is our primary area of focus the last two years. We are very excited about the future of AI and how we can bring it to everyone.
We believe in digging deep into the fundamentals and to solve the problem the right way.
Anush Elangovan, Founder and CEO worked on the first Google ARM Chromebook and was part of the Agnilux team that became the foundation of the ChromeOS team at Google. Prior to that he worked in the Datacenter group at Cisco collaborating with VMWare to develop the first distributed virtual switching platform. Prior to that he was an early employee at FireEye working on in memory taint-check analysis and mitigating Zero Day attacks. Prior to that he was at Cisco working on Metro Ethernet intiatives. He has an MS from Arizona State and a Bachelor’s from Mepco Schlenk Engineering College in India.
Harsh Menon, co-founder and CTO was an early employee at Zee.Aero / KittyHawk and worked on flying cars. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science.
The team comes from a varied background but have a singular focus in problem solving. We have a big contingent of PhDs and graduates from leading universities like CMU, Stanford etc but also problem solvers who took alternate paths to get to the forefront of fundamental Artificial Intelligence research and development. The team has years of experience shipping high volume products combined with state of art research.
We do not have any traditional management and have a flat organization. Engineers come together to solve the a problem at hand and re-organize for the next one. If you are a researcher or an engineer you will love to work with us. Check out our Careers page.