Vancouver-based ‍Ziva Dynamics raised $7 million in a seed funding round led by Grishin Robotics, Toyota AI Ventures, and Millennium Technology Value Partners’ New Horizons Fund.

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Ziva will use the money to make strategic hires, improve Ziva’s real-time digital character engine, as well as increase the company’s sales and marketing capabilities.

Ziva’s physics-embedded soft tissue simulation tool for CG characters is used both in film (including the Game of Thrones TV series) and in games. According to Financial Post, “with Ziva, artists are rapidly producing CG characters with dynamic muscles, fat and skin that automatically flex, wrinkle and jiggle just as they would in real life.”

Our biomechanics, soft tissue and machine learning technologies are finally intersecting with the optimization of game consoles, enabling us to introduce the highest-quality characters to a space that is constantly pushing for better, faster results. With our new partners and funding, we’ll be able to double our R&D spend, accelerate productization and play a defining role in the most advanced graphics experiences.

James Jacobs and Jernej Barbic, co-founders of Ziva Dynamics.