Finnish technology developer Forciot has launched a new stretch-pad module capable of turning an entire car’s interior surface into a stretchable control pad.
Thanks to its exceptional stretching ability and advanced algorithms, the Forciot Stretch-pad can continuously change form during its lifespan. It can be easily integrated under leather, fabric and other materials, enabling it to transform any surface in a car’s interior into 3D multitouch pads, sliders or stretchable force buttons. This frees car designers from working with only fixed cockpit locations and shapes. The module’s control surfaces can be raised or lowered above the surface level when needed, allowing for a minimalistic yet intuitive dashboard experience.
“Forciot’s mass manufacturable technology is a true game-changer as the automotive industry approaches the world of shared driving,” said Tytti Julkunen, chief marketing officer, Forciot. “The same vehicle will be driven by hundreds of people, all with different needs and user preferences. The Forciot Stretch-pad module makes it possible to design a personalized dashboard experience for each driver.”
Forciot’s sensor technology was developed by some of the world’s leading engineers and product experts. Team members have previously worked for technology giants such as Nokia, Microsoft and Intel.
“We are ready to start the sale and shipping of the Forciot Stretch-pad module immediately and are looking forward to being part of the next big development in the automobile industry,” said Maria Alm, CEO, Forciot.
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