Softswitch's patented technology offers textile sensors, signal transport systems
and connectivity solutions. Fabrics are laminates of lightweight conducting
materials enclosing a thin layer of pressure sensitive material that gives a
large change of resistance with a small degree of compression. Inventor-scientist Steve Leftly pioneered this breakthrough in wearable electronics with his company Softswitch, patenting the first product in 2000.
For more on early wearable development, see this 2001 article.