Company name: Neonode
Where it's based: Stockholm, Sweden
When it was founded: 2001
Year it was a Fierce 15: 2007
Why it was a Fierce 15: Neonode came out with its N2 handset as alternative to the iPhone. It was supposed to be cheaper and smaller, with an incredibly precise infrared grid touchscreen. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: Neonode AB, the Swedish subsidiary of U.S.-based Neonode Inc., filed a petition for bankruptcy in Sweden. The N2 never took off. The company is now a technology-licensing firm, focusing on optical touchscreen technology.