I was made aware of Surrogate.tv work earlier this year when the site launched a Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit tournament. Nintendo's IRL version of its popular racing title was a great showcase for the technology – although admittedly the remote control was delayed so long that control became a problem.
Of course, Mario Kart is just one of the experiences that the platform offers. All in all, it's a pretty broad spectrum, from pinball machines to combat robots to claw machines. Overall, the diversity of experiences is probably the service's greatest strength.
Today, the Finnish startup announced that it has completed a $ 2.5 million seeding round led by Supernode Global followed by PROfounders, Brighteye Ventures and Business Finland. The latest sum is part of a pre-seed announced by the company last year of $ 2 million.
The company's big game is an ultra-low latency streaming and robotics bundle that allows users to remotely control real-world objects like a streaming gaming service. Another recent example is a partnership with Ubisoft in which, for some reason, users built miniature Viking ships against the strong man Hafþór Björnsson. 2020 i think.
"In the past, such teleoperation technology was only available for very specific, mostly corporate applications," said CEO Shane Allen of the seed increase. "With this second round of funding, we can launch a number of exciting initiatives that will enable people to create experiences with our technology that have never been possible before."
It seems clear that Surrogate.tv wants to expand beyond its own entertainment site and offer its teleoperation technology to interested third parties. It's something that many have no doubt studied in a year when personal events were largely banned.