GelSight Blazes Forward with Several Award Wins Recognizing its Innovations in Tactile Intelligence

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GelSight, a pioneer in tactile intelligence technology, announced today that it has been selected as a winner in Fast Company’s Next Big Things in Tech 2021 in the Smart Machines category, a 2021 BostInno on Firehonoree in the Robotics category, and the winner of the 2021 Eddie Award in the Technology & AI category. All three awards honor GelSight for its breakthroughs in tactile intelligence and demonstrate the company’s strong momentum and growth over the last year.

The Fast Company Next Big Thing in Tech Awards recognize technology breakthroughs that promise to define the future of industries. Alongside 11 other companies, GelSight was chosen as a winner in the Smart Machines category for helping to give robots a sense of touch and enabling the machines we rely on every day to “feel” the world around them using its proprietary combination of cameras and soft tactile sensors.

BostInno on Fire honors 50 of the most impressive innovators in the Greater Boston region each year for raising money, growing their firms, bringing in new customers, launching new products and boosting Boston’s ecosystem. GelSight earned its spot on the list thanks to new fundraising this year and announcing its partnership with Meta AI to manufacture the DIGIT tactile sensor.

Similarly, the Massachusetts Innovation Network’s Eddie Awards are dedicated to recognizing, nurturing, and fueling local innovation, and this year’s winners were selected from a pool of 119 startups across 8 categories following an 8-month long season, live pitch competition, and exhibition of the technologies. GelSight’s elastomeric platform won the Technology & AI category for its ability to capture 3D images that can then be interpreted using artificial intelligence.

“Thanks to the incredible work of the entire GelSight team, we have the honor of accepting these three prestigious and competitive awards,” said Youssef Benmokhtar, CEO at GelSight. “We’re excited to see that organizations like Fast Company, BostInno, and the Massachusetts Innovation Network that work with companies at the forefront of innovation recognize the ways that tactile imaging, sensing, and intelligence can revolutionize industries such as robotics, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and more.”

These accolades come on the heels of GelSight announcing a new partnership with Meta AI to commercially manufacture the DIGITtactile sensor, which will help digitize the sense of touch and expand the field of tactile sensing research. GelSight also recently launched its GelSight Mobile™ series 2, which offers a sleek form-factor that is one-third lighter and less than half the volume of its predecessor, enabling users to scan surfaces in tighter spaces and make more intelligent, informed decisions, while maintaining accuracy, speed, and field of view. For more details and to purchase DIGIT or GelSight Mobile™, please visit

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About GelSight

GelSight is a pioneer in digital, imaging-based tactile intelligence. The proprietary technology that was invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides extremely detailed and rapid surface characterization, enabling several surface measurement applications and robotic sensing capabilities. Its elastomeric 3D imaging systems are currently in use in aerospace, automotive, forensics and in many robotic research labs throughout the world. GelSight is Digital Touch and Feel. For more information, please visit


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