Switching and sensing company ElectroTextiles has demonstrated just how flexible common products can be when they are made out of its ElekTex fabric. Three examples are a squashable mobile phone, a cloth computer keyboard and a car seat with built-in sensing. The key is ElekTex’s ability to receive and transmit electronic impulses without wiring or circuitry. “People’s first impressions are, ‘Whoa, it’s fabric, it must be a little flimsy.’ But it’s very durable,” ElectroTextiles co-founder Chris Chapman told journalists.

On 12 March 2002, Logitech announced the launch of KeyCase, the first commercial product to feature ElekSen’s patented ElekTex™ soft sensing fabric technology.