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|Fabric keyboard material. Rollable./crushable/washable. In production.
10 million key presses.
Eleksen Introduces Electro Fabric
Wearable technology is not a new idea. eVest has been producing wired
jackets for years, but we have yet to see technology integrated inside
the fabric that makes up the jacket-until now.
Eleksen, a small UK-based firm is introducing electronic fabric,
essentially carbon-embedded nylon sandwiched between layers of nylon
mesh that, when a milliamps charge is passed through it, can recognize
touch (and it's location), pressure and even the direction and path of
a stroke. This thin, flexible, durable and washable fabric connects to
a small 8-bit processor, which then can be connected to a standard
electronic device like an iPod. The iPod, or whatever device you're
using, delivers power to processor and fabric.
This is not just a technology demonstration; Eleksen has already
integrated the electronic fabric with commercial products including
ski-jackets from Spyder and Kenpo. The latter is available in CompUSA
and Macy's for around $250. In the jackets, the fiber is embedded in
the jacket arm and an electronic fabric tether runs up the sleeve into
a breast pocket where the iPod is stored. The iPod is plugged into the
Ref: Matthew McMahon
On Mon, 05 Dec 2005 18:48:35 +1300, Russell McMahon wrote:
> Fabric keyboard material. Rollable./crushable/washable. In production.
> 10 million key presses.
Fascinating stuff! But this comment at the end:
"...if the technology is coupled with a flexible display, the first rollable laptop"
...in which case I can't wait to see the first rollable fabric disk-drive! :-)
I've seen adverts for jackets with controls built into the sleeve - fine until someone nudges you on the
train, accidentally causing max volume from your iPod... =:-O
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