UK material is licensed

UK material is licensed
Richard Ball A major electronics company has taken a licence for the elastomeric material that changes resistance when squeezed and was developed by UK research company Genovation. Some 20 further companies are in discussion with Genovation with a view to taking out licences, said Dr Andrew King, Genovation’s director. An official announcement is expected next month. King is reluctant to release more technical details until the patents have their final approval. He expects them to be published later this summer. Patent infringements are almost certain, believes King. So Genovation is targeting the material at high turnover products. “We want to make our money in two or three years by being early to market with radically new ideas,” King said. The material is certainly different. When pressure is applied, it changes from being an insulator to a conductor. Resistances change from giga-ohms to milli-ohms. “It’s basically like a sensing skin. Products will include keypads for telephones and computers, and sensing elements for mass and acceleration,” said King. Keypads could be made significantly cheaper by removing all mechanical parts.


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