Tactile Touchpoints

What's a key difference between ordinary products and smart products? Smart products have senses. Many of today's smart products can see and hear - but what can the sense of touch do to better serve the end user? By sharing real-world cases and idea-generating concepts, Tactile Touchpoints aims to inspire engineers of the world's smart products to consider how embedding tactile force sensors can create new outlets for advancement in their respective markets.

Fighting Back with the Power of Fun The story of a proactive father and his creative inventions that train his son to persist through the challenges of cerebral palsy. Meet Julian Nine years ago, Marc Gunderson’s son Julian was born three months prematurely, weighing just 1 kg (2.2 lbs) at...
This is the second of a two-part Tactile Touchpoints blog series summarizing the findings from a survey submitted to 373 members of the global design engineering community. The goal of the survey was to better understand what was most important to design engineers when selecting a supplier of...
The following is an independent 3rd-party study of High-Temperature FlexiForce sensor performance in their most extreme durability test to date. The complete citation can be found at the end of this article. FlexiForce™ sensors have shown the ability to maintain linearity and performance...
Voltage Divider or Op Amp Circuit -- Which Should You Choose?
Ed Haidar; FlexiForce Product Manager Here's another question we frequently receive from our customers - what is the recommended circuit to drive a FlexiForce™ sensor in an embedded design? If you've browsed our standard FlexiForce sensors recently, you’ll notice that we recommend an...
In the summer of 2018, we submitted a survey to 373 members of the global design engineering community to understand what was most important when selecting a supplier of embedded components. We will be sharing our key findings over a two-part Tactile Touchpoints article series. Question: Rank these...
No matter if your force-sensing application will endure more than a million actuations or just a few touches over its service life; validating sensor durability is a long and costly process for OEMs. One of the inherent values of using force-sensitive resistor technologies in an embedded...
Pressure sensor pads are electronic devices that capture physical force contact to generate some sort of a response. There is a truly endless amount of applications for pressure sensor pads, ranging from an input mechanism in a human-machine interface (HMI), a method to capture intruders in a force...
Whether for treating an injured individual, or as something simply done ahead of drawing blood from a patient for lab analysis, tourniquet wrapping technique is an important skill used across a wide range of medical professions. It requires keeping a safe a balance between applying enough force to...
Tekscan Sensors Expo 2018
Didn't make it out to Sensors Expo this year? Our CTO Rob Podoloff was interviewed by Embedded Computing Design at our booth, sharing the basics behind Tekscan and FlexiForce technology, and observations on market trends. Check out the short video below: Visit this page for more upcoming events...
Whether it’s an intruder entering a facility after hours, or items in storage mysteriously disappearing over time, these measurable force exchanges can be an indication of foul play. It takes a minimally-invasive force-sensing technology to create a unique security system that can measure...

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