LONDON Peratech Limited (Richmond, Yorkshire, England) has bought, for an undisclosed sum, the assets of Eleksen from Deloittes, the accountancy group that was appointed administrator of the developer of electrically conductive sensor fabrics in October 2007.
Eleksen (Iver Heath, England) has developed and was selling licences for its ElekTex fabric to be used in clothes and bags as wirelessly connected keyboards and control pads for electronic devices such as Bluetooth fabric keyboards ,MP3 players and mobile phones.
"The sad demise of Eleksen plc took everyone by surprise - and we have worked very hard to ensure there is a smooth transition for customers who had planned products based around Eleksen's ElekTex apparel control products for the 2008 seasons - manufacturing is being brought back online and we look forward to fulfilling customer requirements in the immediate future," commented Philip Taysom, joint CEO of Peratech.
ElekTex products for intelligent or 'smart' clothing had been used by such major brands as OíNeill, ZegnaSport, Marks & Spencer's, City Sports and Belkin.
"The Eleksen intellectual property and customer base is a great fit for our own developments in textile fabric sensors, such as SoftSwitch", Sara Gott, sales and marketing manager at Peratech told EE Times .
Peratech acquired the SoftSwitch technology, IP and business in the middle of 2006 and integrated it with its own QTC (Quantum Tunnelling Composites) operation.
QTC's are electro-active polymeric materials that enable the action of 'touch' to be translated into an electrical reaction, enabling a vast array of devices to incorporate very thin and highly robust 'sensing' of touch and pressure.
Already used in robotics and defence, Peratech commercialized the QTC technology at the beginning of 2006 and is working with several groups that are implementing the sensing technology in their products.
Peratech said Eleksen's Fabric Bluetooth Keyboard product will be further developed and enhanced over the coming years. A version 1.5 is ready to be delivered within weeks.
The company also added that Keybo Technology Limited has licenses the Bluetooth Keyboard IP.