• IMAGINE Intelligent Materials debuts textile-based graphene human-machine interface (HMI) for automotive interiors

• Low cost, scalable sensing platform technology for smart mobility/smart buildings

• Follows successful launch of IMAGINE smart seat at Startup Autobahn in July

PARIS, OCTOBER 1: Australian startup IMAGINE Intelligent Materials is previewing its revolutionary graphene Textile Touch™ technology at Mondial Tech in Paris. Part of Imagine Visible™ — IMAGINE’s IoT sensing and reporting platform — this innovation takes human-machine interfaces beyond rigid, bulky materials to slim, flexible textiles.

IMAGINE has developed a solution that can be integrated into any surface. A user brushes the surface with their finger to initiate a response. Controls are at your fingertips, when and where you need them.

“Our technology is totally intuitive,” said Phillip Aitchison, Head of R&D at IMAGINE. “It is very natural, allowing for swipes and instinctive motions on surfaces that give a totally natural feeling. It’s diametrically different to small buttons, knobs and touchscreens, because you can assign a function to an area after it has been manufactured. Think programmable surfaces!”

IMAGINE’s proprietary and scalable graphene manufacturing process enables conductive graphene coatings to be applied to textiles using existing techniques and methods to create “intelligent” materials. This makes integration into supply chains straightforward.

IMAGINE CEO, Chris Gilbey said, “We have been developing our intelligent sensing technology platform, using graphene, for almost four years. Nevertheless, we recognise that we are only touching the surface in terms of the potential of graphene smart sensing surfaces to be transformational. We are, I believe, the first company in the world to be able to deliver a fully productisable and manufacturable graphene sensing platform, that has application in smart mobility, smart floors and roofs, smart roads, and smart mines. And it is inexpensive to manufacture and deploy.

“At Mondial Tech we aim to share our view of the future. We call it Imagine Visible™, but the fact of the matter is that the technology is actually invisible until you choose to activate it.” Jaakko Kaidesoja, Chief Revenue Officer for IMAGINE, said, “We debuted our smart seat technology at Startup Autobahn in Stuttgart in July. At Mondial Tech we are taking human machine interfaces further, and aim to establish the supply chain partnerships that will put IMAGINE at the forefront of disruption in the world of autonomous vehicles.”

Textile Touch. A sheet of textile under the textile cover showing where the sense areas have been programmed.