MN Techies Want to Replace Remote, Keyboard, Mouse

Posted at: 07/20/2013 7:04 PM
Updated at: 07/21/2013 11:02 PM
By: Josh Rosenthal

A group of Minnesota developers want to change your living room forever.

"We want to eliminate the remote control," explained Axel Chevaillier. "We want to eliminate the keyboard, the mouse, the PlayStation controller, all of it."

Chevaillier and partner Shafa Wala used to hang out together while attending Mounds View High School. Other kids argued about the Twins and Vikings; they argued about Apple and Microsoft.

"We were pretty geeky, yes," Wala admitted.

Now at age 29, the geeks started a company, called Tarsier, Inc., and hired a few more geeks -- Lee Schloesser, Paul Goedeke, and Danny Tormoen. Together, they've developed a new product called MoveEye.

Basically, it's a new way of interacting with televisions or any large screen from a distance by using 3D glasses outfitted with special technology. Unlike other products -- say Xbox Kinect -- MoveEye can localize gestures to certain areas on the screen.

"As if you were pointing at a star in the sky or that car. Check out that car," Chevaillier acted out. "You know, it's what you do. It's natural, it's human, and we want to translate that into that virtual space in your living room."

Chevaillier and Wala aren't the only ones who think they've got a good idea. They've been named semi-finalists in the Minnesota Cup -- a competition for the best breakthrough ideas from across the state.

"Certainly the Minnesota Cup gives additional credibility to these companies, saying they've been reviewed by fellow entrepreneurs, by investors, and people in the business community that believe that there's something there and believe that the management team is on the right track," said John Stavig, the professional director of the Gary S. Holmes School of Management at the University of Minnesota, a Minnesota Cup organizing sponsor.

Chevaillier and Wala hope to have a working, wireless prototype of MoveEye completed by January.

They aren't sure when the technology will be available to consumers.