Licensing

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.

 

Patents

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.