The story of Digital Essence begins in the halls of an engineering school in 2010. Founders Etienne Mathé and Arnaud Berthonneau, passionate about parties and VJing, found themselves facing the complex nature of projection mapping.
Their vision for creating stunning visual displays was obstructed by the technical and creative challenges posed by existing software. Unwilling to compromise, they decided to build their own projection mapping solution that was both user-friendly and efficient, paving the way for Digital Essence.
In 2015, a successful Kickstarter campaign helped propel our vision forward. Thanks to the overwhelming support of 1,200 backers, we raised €80,000, marking the start of a vibrant community around our offerings. With this strong backing, we were able to launch the commercial version of our flagship product, HeavyM V1, in 2016.
As we’ve grown and evolved, we’ve continually listened to our community and our own vision to shape the direction of HeavyM software. This led to improve the product with many updates. We also initiate the development of complementary products such as the Olga Kit and Stak kit, both of which have further enhanced our offering.
The many brainstorming and testing sessions for the Olga kits
One of the many awards HeavyM has received over the years
Over the years, we have built strategic partnerships with international players to strengthen our leadership and expand our product range. Key collaborations include a close alliance with Optoma, co-creation of the Lightdrop product with the CTN Group, and developing a video media server for Waves System.
Today, our team is composed of dedicated professionals including developers, and UI/UX designers, who collaborate daily to bring our vision to life. Key figures in our company are Adrien Grosjean, our CTO, who oversees all our technological developments, and Léa Reverdy, the Product Owner of HeavyM, who excels in interface design. We believe in interdisciplinary collaboration and promote a dynamic and friendly work culture that encourages innovation.
Our Vision and Values
Digital Essence is guided by three core values:
- Benevolence: We foster a culture of kindness and respect where every voice matters and all ideas are welcomed. We are supportive of each other and our community, operating with empathy and understanding.
- Mutual Aid: We believe in the power of collaboration and teamwork. We are committed to helping each other and our users, working together to overcome challenges and achieve common goals.
- Exacting Standards: We strive for excellence in everything we do. We uphold high standards for our products, our services, and ourselves, constantly seeking to improve and innovate.
As a young, dynamic company, we’re passionate about bridging the gap between technology and creativity. Our vision is to continue pushing the boundaries of video projection, creating a world where advanced technology is within everyone’s reach. Our unwavering commitment to innovation, collaboration, and democratization of technology drives our mission.
Our Flagship Product - HeavyM
Our pride is HeavyM, acclaimed as the world’s most user-friendly projection mapping software. It embodies our commitment to delivering cutting-edge, easy-to-use solutions, democratizing advanced video projection technology.
“We democratize projection mapping with our intuitive, high-quality software solutions. Our mission is to allow everyone, from professionals to first-time users, to easily realize their creative projects.”
Etienne Mathé – CEO of Digital Essence
During 2 years, we received the support of the 104factory, the CENTQUATRE-Paris incubator. This cultural centre is a place dedicated to artists from all over the world that offers them the infrastructure they need to thrive but it is also an important structure in the world of innovation dedicated to art.
The HeavyM team also thanks you!
To all our users in general, thank you for all your feedback since the first version of HeavyM was released. Your help is precious and thanks to you we can move forward so that we can provide you with the best possible experience! We love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to contact us.