EIKOS AND ETHERTOUCH ANNOUNCE AN AGREEMENT TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES FOR HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES
FRANKLIN, MA, March 08, 2004 – Eikos Inc., a developer and manufacturer of carbon nanotube (CNT) inks for highly transparent conductive coatings and circuits, today announced a collaboration with Ethertouch, a developer of innovative pointing and input devices, for next generation cell phone displays.
As part of the collaboration, Eikos will develop and demonstrate the application of a transparent conductive coating to cell phone lenses This coating enables Ethertouchs innovative new technology which will complement or replace pushbuttons, scrolling wheels or provide an entirely ‘touch free touch screen’ display. The technology could be used in cell phones in as little as two years.
In announcing the contract, Joe Piche, founder and CEO of Eikos said, “Ethertouch has created an exciting technology, that could be one of the first broad-based applications using carbon nanotubes in a consumer product. The Eikos team is thrilled to help Ethertouch develop this cutting-edge technology which can be used in cell phones, PDAs, game consoles and a variety of other applications.”
“Eikos’ patented CNT coating technology is ideally suited to the specifications of our Ethertouch product,” explains Bernard Hall, CTO of Ethertouch. “Using their ink will give our cell phone lens design significant appeal both in terms of functionality as well as a lower manufacturing cost. We are pleased with our close working relationship and the benefits that an Eikos technology license will offer.”
Ethertouch’s technology operates by moving the finger or thumb of one hand above or across the surface of the application (PDA, mobile phone, keyboard) while contacting the palm of the hand on an activation pad. The pointer, like that of a cursor on a computer screen, follows the movement of the fingertips.
Ethertouch’s product can be used to complement or replace pointing accessories, mechanical and digital buttons, scrolling wheels and resistive touch screens. In addition, with a 3-channel sensing capacity, a technology used for presenting 3-dimnesional images, Ethertouch can be used to add 3-D capabilities to an application.
Ethertouch has developed an innovative pointing and input device that offers manufacturers greater design flexibility than any solution currently available. The technology will complement existing applications and can be used in new applications in miniature and handheld devices, gaming, industry and credit card security.
Eikos Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of highly transparent carbon nanotube (CNT) inks for
conductive coatings and circuits for use in flat panel displays, OLED lighting,
solar cells, smart windows and other established markets. Eikos’ patented InvisiconTM transparent conductors (‘nanowires’)
will enable high volume, low cost production of a thinner, more flexible and
more durable conductive coating technology that will displace Indium Tin Oxide
(ITO) as the industry standard. A
privately held company headquartered in Franklin Massachusetts, Eikos has a
number of licenses and development contracts with major global companies,