IFM's patented Plush Touch™ Sensors are available for licensing
by manufacturing and distribution companies. Our patented Plush
Touch™ Sensors are an entirely new, soft and sensuous way to control
lighting, electronic devices and appliances.
Use Plush Touch™ Sensors to replace any button or switch. Sew them
into soft-good products, create a new way to control a robot, or
transform lamps and other lighting devices around the home. IFM's
Plush Touch™ sensing technology can take on a variety of form factors,
pompoms, tassels, braids, fabrics, embroidery, making the design
possibilities unlimited. See our licensing
PDF for more applications and ideas!
With IFM's Plush Touch™ Sensors, the textile is the sensor, so
our sensors feel completely soft and luxurious, with no hidden hard
buttons or switches. Other e-textile sensors use layers of rubber
or fabric and often feel like standard rubberized keypads. Our patented
Plush Touch™ Sensor is the only product where the yarn is the sensor,
so all the consumer feels are pompoms, velvet and tufting.
IFM's Plush Touch™ Sensors are ready for market. They have already
been sold in IFM's UL Listed product the POM POM Wall Dimmer. IFM
works with non-corrosive and inert materials, making our sensors
safe and durable.
IFM's unique intellectual property, technical, and design expertise,
as well as product development experience provides our partners
with a full range of development possibilities. With over 15 years
worth of experience in e-textiles, interactive media and electronics
we can help you make your product a reality. IFM has researched
and implemented numerous materials and methods for manufacturing
Plush Touch™ Sensors. IFM's textile fabrication methods are similar
to traditional textile methods and our e-textile materials are readily
available. We can work with any manufacturer to refine their process,
find alternative materials and reduce costs.
Plush Touch™ Sensors are made with e-textile material that cost
little more than traditional textiles. Added material cost for one
of our sensors can be as little as pennies. IFM's Plush Touch™ Sensors
work with a variety of capacitive sensing circuits and technology.
IFM has sourced many electronic components so partners can work
with our known sources or can leverage their own expertise in electronics
by purchasing or manufacturing these parts directly from Asia.
FM's patent 7,054,133 provides broad coverage of any e-textile
lighting capacitive touch controller. This includes lamps, wall
mounted dimmers and any other capacitive e-textile method for controlling
lighting- including night-lights and wireless light controls that
use an e-textile connected to a sensing circuit. IFM's patent provides
broad coverage of an electronic textile controller "pompom" which
can be used to control toys or any electronic device. IFM's strong
patent applications support this broad patent with additional coverage.
These additional applications will cover all fuzzy sensors, lofted,
and piled novelty yarns and e-textile kits that enable the crafting
of electronic textile devices.