Ever-ready laptop data in the bag

People always on the go can now check e-mails, find addresses and phone numbers without turning on their laptops, thanks to the development of a wearable display module.


People always on the go can now check e-mails, find addresses and phone numbers without turning on their laptops, thanks to the development of a wearable display module.

Eleksen Group, the inventor and manufacturer of ElekTex smart fabric touchpads for consumer electronics, designed the module so it is easily integrated into soft goods such as briefcases and backpacks, providing what it claims is the first on-bag screen available for any computer electronics product.

The module allows a carry case to be connected directly to a laptop so that data can be viewed from the bag’s exterior, without needing to open it.

Designed to support the Windows SideShow feature in Windows Vista, an auxiliary or secondary display on a laptop, Eleksen’s module works with any application designed for SideShow-based devices to support e-mail, online calendar, media player and other functions.

The display can be used to view the information users need, whether the laptop is on, off, or in sleep mode.

Eleksen’s module, launched at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, comprises a 2.46in Active TFT LCD screen, has 1Gb of storage space for data files and is controlled by an ElekTex interactive fabric touchpad to control application management and data display.

The product supports seven-button controls including a dedicated ‘menu’, a ‘back’ button, four navigation buttons and a ‘go’ button.