The Shape Of Things To Come

DAVID LEVENSON for TIME

MAKING SENSE: Crosier's Silly Putty-like sensors can be molded to any shape to fit into oddly shaped areas

Necessity, that great mother of invention, played her role in the creation of DeepStream Technologies. Chief executive Mark Crosier and his core team found it necessary to get work in 2003 after losing their jobs. They became surplus to needs when Eaton Corp., an electrical company based in Cleveland, Ohio, bought the part of Delta Corp. where they worked. "Our whole team was severed in a redundancy, and we decided to design and build a business rather than all pursue our separate ways," recalls Crosier.

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That business is pliable, flexible sensors. (Think Silly Putty with a circuit.) DeepStream,...

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