Patents Assigned to Eleksen Limited
  • Patent number: 7348506
    Abstract: A linear sensor (101, 201) comprising electrically conductive textile fibers (103, 105, 205, 207) and electrically insulating textile fibers (106, 208). The sensor comprises at least two conductive elements (102, 104, 204, 206) having electricall conductive textile fibers (103,105, 205, 207). The sensor also has electrically insulating textile fibers (106, 208) spaced to sepa the two electrically conductive elements when no pressure is applied to said sensor, and to allow electrical conduction between the two conductive elements under the application of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventors: David Lee Sandbach, Stuart Mark Walkington
  • Publication number: 20080024438
    Abstract: A method of interfacing an electronic device to a manually operable fabric controller forming part of a personal item, such as an item of clothing or bag. A set of interface devices, each comprising a housing enclosing a processing circuit with analogue ports and control ports, and supporting a first physical interface connected to analogue ports and connectable to a fabric sensor and a second physical interface connected to control ports and connectable to a specific type of electronic device. In this way, it is possible for different electronic devices to be controlled by operation of the fabric sensor supported by the personal item. A method of establishing a music-enabled item of clothing or bag. The identification of an appropriate interface device is facilitated at locations where electronic devices or accessories are made available. The fabric sensor may be removable from the personal item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: ELEKSEN LIMITED
    Inventors: John Francis Collins, Phillipe Georges Crispin, William Alan Galloway
  • Publication number: 20070289859
    Abstract: A linear sensor (101, 201) comprising electrically conductive textile fibres (103, 105, 205, 207) and electrically insulating textile fibres (106, 208). The sensor comprises at least two conductive elements (102, 104, 204, 206) having electrically conductive textile fibres (103,105, 205, 207). The sensor also has electrically insulating textile fibres (106, 208) spaced to separate the two electrically conductive elements when no pressure is applied to said sensor, and to allow electrical conduction between the two conductive elements under the application of pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Applicant: ELEKSEN LIMITED
    Inventors: David Sandbach, Stuart Walkington
  • Publication number: 20070141939
    Abstract: A sensor having a three layer construction comprising a first knitted conductive textile plane, a second conductive textile plane and an intermediate separating plane penetrable by the first knitted conductive textile plane to allow the first conductive textile plane and the second conductive textile plane to make electrical contact under a mechanical interaction. The intermediate separating plane defines structural endpoints from which the first knitted conductive textile plane deforms towards the second conductive textile plane under a mechanical interaction. The first knitted conductive textile plane has conductive yarn knitted to form a repeating pattern of stitches each comprising a stitch looping portion SLP having a looping portion footprint LPF. Within the sensor, there is at least one of a plurality of described dimensional relationships between stitches of the first knitted conductive textile plane and structural endpoints of the intermediate separating plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Applicant: Eleksen Limited
    Inventors: David Sandbach, John Burkitt, Stuart Walkington, Phillipe Crispin
  • Patent number: 7213991
    Abstract: A flexible foldable keyboard apparatus includes a flexible foldable keyboard (101) having a key defining plane (102), an interface device and phone supporting device (103). The phone supporting device (103) is arranged to unfold from a storage configuration, in which the phone supporting device (103) is folded onto the key defining plane (102) to allow the key defining plane (102) to be wrapped around the phone supporting device (103), to present a telephone supporting configuration, in which the phone supporting device (103) is configured to receive a mobile telephone (401). The phone supporting device (103) is configured to support a mobile telephone (401) in an orientation in which an electrical connection is provided between the interface device and the electrical connectors of the mobile telephone (401), such that the mobile telephone (401) and the flexible foldable keyboard (101) are in electrical communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Chapman, David Lee Sandbach, Stuart Walkington, Timothy Charles Andrew Fitzgerald
  • Publication number: 20070056493
    Abstract: A position sensor is shown for detecting the position of a mechanical interaction. The sensor includes a first conductive fabric layer having electrically conductive fibres incorporated therein to allow conduction in a first direction. The first conductive fabric layer has a first electrical conductor element a and a second electrical conductor element positioned at opposite ends of a first conductive path extending in a first direction. The first and second electrical conductor elements each comprise a length of electrically conductive thread machined to form a conductive track of stitches that extends in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction. The first and second electrical conductor elements do not intersect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Publication date: March 15, 2007
    Applicant: Eleksen Limited
    Inventors: John Burkitt, Stuart Walkington
  • Publication number: 20060261985
    Abstract: A linear sensor (101, 201) comprising electrically conductive textile fibres (103, 105, 205, 207) and electrically insulating textile fibres (106, 208). The sensor comprises at least two conductive elements (102, 104, 204, 206) having electrically conductive textile fibres (103,105, 205, 207). The sensor also has electrically insulating textile fibres (106, 208) spaced to separate the two electrically conductive elements when no pressure is applied to said sensor, and to allow electrical conduction between the two conductive elements under the application of pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: Eleksen Limited
    Inventors: David Sandbach, Stuart Walkington
  • Patent number: 7102614
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a manually operable input apparatus (202) for a portable electronic processing device (102), such as a mobile phone or hand-held processor. The apparatus defines a plurality of regions (303, 304) each representing a respective data item and comprises a plurality of sheets configured to produce a response to a mechanical interaction. Furthermore, the sheets are configured to be wrapped around the device to provide a protective cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventors: David Lee Sandbach, Stuart Mark Walkington, Christopher Chapman
  • Publication number: 20050238405
    Abstract: A flexible foldable keyboard apparatus includes a flexible foldable keyboard (101) having a key defining plane (102), an interface device and phone supporting device (103). The phone supporting device (103) is arranged to unfold from a storage configuration, in which the phone supporting device (103) is folded onto the key defining plane (102) to allow the key defining plane (102) to be wrapped around the phone supporting device (103), to present a telephone supporting configuration, in which the phone supporting device (103) is configured to receive a mobile telephone (401). The phone supporting device (103) is configured to support a mobile telephone (401) in an orientation in which an electrical connection is provided between the interface device and the electrical connectors of the mobile telephone (401), such that the mobile telephone (401) and the flexible foldable keyboard (101) are in electrical communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Applicant: Eleksen Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Chapman, David Sandbach, Stuart Walkington, Timothy Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 6714117
    Abstract: A position sensor is arranged to detect the position of a mechanical interaction, such as the application of manual pressure. A first fabric layer has electrically conductive fibers machined therein to provide a first conductive outer layer allowing conduction in all directions along the layer. A second fabric layer has electrically conductive fibers machined therein to provide a second conductive outer layer allowing conduction in all directions along the layer. A central layer is disposed between the first outer layer and the second outer layer. The central layer includes conductive elements. A first insulating separating element is disposed between the first conductive outer layer and the conducting elements. A second insulating separating element is disposed between the second conductive outer layer and the conducting elements. The conducting elements provide a conductive path between the first conducting outer layer and the second conducting outer layer at the position of a mechanical interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach
  • Publication number: 20030037966
    Abstract: A position detector is constructed from fabric having electrically conductive elements incorporated therein. It includes at least a first electrically conductive plane and a second electrically conductive plane, each conductive plane having at least two respectively associated electrical connections attached thereto. An electric potential is applied across at least one of the planes to determine the position of a mechanical interaction. A second electrical property is also determined to identify additional properties of the mechanical interactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Applicant: ELEKSEN LIMITED
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach
  • Patent number: 6504531
    Abstract: A fabric-made position detector has a first fabric electrically conducting layer and a second fabric electrically conducting layer. The first electrically conducting layer has a first electrical contact and a second electrical contact and a second electrically conducting layer has a third electrically conducting contact and a fourth electrically conducting contact. Potential is applied across the first contact and the third contact to produce a first current and a potential is then applied across the second contact and the fourth contact to produce a second current. The first current is measured to produce a first current value and the second current is measured to produce a second current value. The first value and the second value are processed in combination to produce a property value indicating a property of the mechanical interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach
  • Patent number: 6501465
    Abstract: A position detector is constructed from fabric having electrically conductive elements incorporated therein. It includes at least a first electrically conductive plane and a second electrically conductive plane, each conductive plane having at least two respectively associated electrical connections attached thereto. An electric potential is applied across at least one of the planes to determine the position of a mechanical interaction. A second electrical property is also determined to identify additional properties of the mechanical interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach
  • Patent number: 6492980
    Abstract: A position detector is constructed from fabric and has electrically conductive elements. The detector is configured to produce electrical outputs in response to mechanical interactions, and is divided into several regions. Each of the regions includes a first conducting plane and a second conducting plane configured such that, in use, a mechanical interaction results in conducting planes of at least one of said regions being brought closer together. A potential is applied across at least one of said planes to determine the position of said mechanical interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach
  • Publication number: 20020180578
    Abstract: A position sensor (101) is arranged to detect the position of a mechanical interaction. such as the application of manual pressure. A first fabric layer (201) has electrically conductive fibers machined therein to provide a first conductive outer layer allowing conduction in all directions along the layer. A second fabric layer (202) has electrically conductive fibers machined therein to provide a second conductive outer layer allowing conduction in all directions along the layer. A central layer (203) is disposed between the first outer layer (201) and the second outer layer (202). The central layer (203) includes conductive elements. A first insulating separating element (204) is disposed between the first conductive outer layer and the conducting elements. A second insulating separating element (205) is disposed between the second conductive outer layer and the conducting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Applicant: Eleksen Limited
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach
  • Patent number: 6452479
    Abstract: A position sensor is arranged to detect the position of a mechanical interaction, such as the application of manual pressure. A first fabric layer has electrically conductive fibers machined therein to provide a first conductive outer layer allowing conduction in all directions along the layer. A second fabric layer has electrically conductive fibers machined therein to provide a second conductive outer layer allowing conduction in all directions along the layer. A central layer is disposed between the first outer layer and the second outer layer. The central layer includes conductive elements. A first insulating separating element is disposed between the first conductive outer layer and the conducting elements. A second insulating separating element is disposed between the second conductive outer layer and the conducting elements. The conducting elements provide a conductive path between the first conducting outer layer and the second conducting outer layer at the position of a mechanical interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach
  • Patent number: 6437258
    Abstract: A position detector is constructed from fabric having electrically conductive elements. The detector has at least two electrically conductive planes. An electrical potential is applied across one of the planes to determine the position to a mechanical interaction. In addition, second electrical property is determined to identify additional properties of the mechanical interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach
  • Patent number: 6369804
    Abstract: A detector is constructed from fabric having electrically conductive elements to define at least two electrically conducting planes and configured to produce an electrical output in response to a mechanical interaction. A potential is applied across at least one of the planes to determine the position of a mechanical interaction and the second electrical property is determined to identify additional properties of the mechanical interactions. A conductivity non-uniformity is included in at least one of the planes so as to modify an electrical response to a mechanical interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Eleksen Limited
    Inventor: David L. Sandbach