Technology devices are “covered by fabric” increasingly popular.

Oct 20th, 2017

(10-2017) Get acquainted with this new trend, forget the image of a black electronics and angular.

Earlier this year, when Microsoft released the Surface Pro, there was a soft spot on the machine that everyone had to worry about. In addition to plastic, aluminum and glass, the keyboard is also covered with an alcantara cloth – the material used in Elon Musk.ng’s popular spaceship bag.

“Everyone see products also are admiring: Oh, really cool”, Ralf Groene, head of industrial design for the device Microsoft said. “And then some people worried. They say that we can not put fabric on laptops; no one does that “.

Alcantara fabric is coated onto the Surface.

Alcantara fabric is coated onto the Surface.

Yes, nobody has done that before. But in this new age, the fabric is woven into the electrical design more and more. Earlier this month, Google launched the new Home Mini, wrapped in an easy-to-clean lacquer, with a design that allowed it to “camouflage” into the surrounding environment. “Some people have complimented this product very friendly,” said Isabelle Olsson, chief of hardware design at Google. “I take it as a compliment, because that’s what we are pursuing.”

Isabelle Olsson.

Isabelle Olsson.

Ten years ago, things were different today. At that time, Apple released the first Macbook Pro, a box of many ugly. Dell has just launched a big plastic laptop. At the time, the design trend was “modern, breathable future” rather than “friendly”. As technology enters human life, that thinking gradually changes.

Today, companies like Google or Microsoft are more interested in making users more comfortable with their technology, because users will see them everywhere. And that made it soft, smooth.

If you look at the past, you will find there is a tradition that electronics must have a shape, made of black plastic and have a slight edge. People are more focused on features than on appearance, “Olsson said. “To us, the aesthetics and the harmony of home space is a must-have feature

Design of the Google Home Mini, another fabric cover.

Design of the Google Home Mini, another fabric cover.

In 2010, they tested a new material to make their products smoother. A few years later, Microsoft partnered with Alcantara to create an inelastic, blister-free, or shrink-resistant fabric. It needs to be resistant to dirt as well, so Microsoft overlaid the Alcantara fabric with an extremely thin plastic, making the fabric both dust resistant and retain its soft, smooth feel.

Both Google and Microsoft have found that fabric is the key material for future electronics, and you should not be surprised to see the fabric covered with what you will buy later. It’s the trend.

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