AWARD-WINNING Peratech has been commissioned by a number of leading technology companies to incorporate its quantum tunnelling composite (QTC) technology into their product ranges.
QTC materials, which were invented by the Richmond firm, give flexibility in the design, shape, thickness and style of switches or pressure sensors, such as those found in touch screen technology.
QTC is also being incorporated into such applications as pressure- sensitive skins for robots.
Already widely used in the areas of robotics and defence, Peratech commercialised its QTC technology at the beginning of 2006.
QTC materials can be made in a range of elastomeric forms, including emulsive coatings, 'bulk' silicone or rubber and textile forms. Peratech pioneered the creation of electronic switches made from textiles in 2001.
The invention and development of QTC has been recognised through numerous International awards and accolades including Tomorrow's World Industry Award 2002, Saatchi & Saatchi Innovation Award 2000 and European Electronics Industry Award 2004.
QTC materials have been used by organisations such as NASA, ILC Dover, Shadow Robotics, and numerous government agencies worldwide. Peratech has also recently been commissioned to work with Samsung, MIT Media Lab and Nissha.
Peratech also owns SOFTswitch, the pioneering creator of textile switching and Eleksen, the world leader in touch sensitive interactive textiles for electronics interface design.