Rohildev Nattukallingal (centre).
Rohildev Nattukallingal (centre).

RHLvision Technologies | A simple interface

Fin Robotics' devices are expected to be launched by the end of May at a price of $120 in the US and India through the official website

Enterprise name: RHLvision Technologies Pvt. Ltd

Entrepreneur: Rohildev Nattukallingal (24)

Founded: August 2013

Location: Kochi, Kerala

Brand name: Fin Robotics

It started in 2010, when Rohildev Nattukallingal, then in his third year of computer science and engineering from Kathir College of Engineering in Tamil Nadu, decided that he wanted to create a touchless technology that could do something as simple as regulating volume control on the laptop or TV screen, without the user having to leave his seat.

This led Rohildev to develop RHLcamMouse, a gestural interface for computing using finger movements from afar to perform basic functions such as controlling volume, drag and drop and copy-paste on a PC.

That was just the beginning. From there, he moved on to other gesture-based technology projects such as FernePlayer, a touchless music player for smartphones, and IntAds, an interactive video ad platform, a skull image recognition software, and finally in May 2013, Fin, a wearable ring that converts the palm into a gesture interface, allowing the wearer to control devices such as smartphones, smart TVs, automobiles and home automation devices using integrated Bluetooth sensors was born.

“In July 2013, Rohildev set up Fin Robotics with an initial seed fund of 15 lakh from Dr Ritesh Malik, an entrepreneur from start-up fund, Guerilla Ventures. Rohildev also raised $200,000 through start-up crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.com in January 2014 and got 3,000 pre-orders from customers across 41 countries, aged between 18-45 years," said Famees T., chief operations officer at Fin Robotics.

The devices are expected to be launched by the end of May at a price of $120 in the US and India through the official website. Nattukallingal, who has filed for two patents in the US and India, is also looking to add more features to Fin and is currently in the research and development mode to develop on this with his team of 15 employees.

From winning second runner up position at the Microsoft Bizspark Startup Challenge in May 2013, to being the only Indian start-up to be invited for the Pioneers Festival 2013, Europe’s largest start-up festival in Vienna, Austria, in October 2013, to being selected as one of the top 15 start-ups in the world in January at the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield 2014, to being the youngest speaker at GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2014, Nattukallingal has been on a winning spree with his various smart technology trysts and Fin is just yet another feather in his cap.

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