Sension, Inc. acquired by GAIA Systems Solutions, Inc.

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Sension has been acquired by Tokyo, Japan based GAIA System Solutions Inc. The deal was completed last week in time for a joint presentation at the annual Japan IT Week conference in Tokyo; the largest IT trade show in the country.

Sension was founded in 2013 by Stanford Computer Science students Catalin Voss and Jonathan Yan together with Stanford Math PhD Nick Haber and Business School student Tom Sayer. Supported by Stanford's StartX accelerator, Sension developed face and gaze tracking technology used in the education industry. Sension's early mission was to make education videos more responsive to the viewer. Over time this broadened into both the analysis of viewers' engagement with video content, and more recently engagement tracking in support of online exams. Sension's technology has been used in major test taking and employee training applications in the US.

GAIA's acquisition will bring additional resources to Sension in order to advance development and deployment of the existing engagement and proctoring products.  In addition, GAIA plans to incorporate Sension's technology into a variety of new applications in GAIA's automotive, healthcare, and other lines of business.

GAIA's CEO Ryuichi Hiraide said of the deal "Sension has developed computer vision technology that is being used by its customers to deliver real value. We are excited to take Sension's current business to the next level and leverage their core face and gaze tracking technologies in our upcoming products."

Sension established a non-profit arm in 2013 that developed emotion recognition technology for support of children with autism, delivered via a Google Glass application. This has been spun out as part of the deal and the Autism Glass project will continue clinical trials and development at Stanford University's School of Medicine at the Wall Lab and the Human Computer Interaction group. Catalin Voss and Nick Haber will continue to lead this research.

Media Contact: Tom Sayer, Sension, Inc., +1 (650) 427-9694, press@sension.co

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SOURCE Sension, Inc.



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