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.

Many familiar with lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology will say that it breathes. The act of charging and discharging causes changes in temperature, electrochemistry, and mechanics of the internal components that, in turn, changes internal pressures within the battery housing. For consumer...
Secrets to a Successful Sensor Integration In this half-hour podcast, Tekscan's Ed Haidar answers several questions from design engineers considering FlexiForce sensors for their OEM project. Some of the questions included: Basic parameters to consider for characterizing force sensors...
Secrets to a Successful Sensor Integration In this chapter, Tekscan's Ed Haidar explains how the design team was able to utilize important baseline sensor performance data to help solve challenges that occurred during field testing of their medical device. This underscores why Sensor...
Secrets to a Successful Sensor Integration In this episode, Ed Haidar, Tekscan Application Engineer and FlexiForce Product Manager, shares the design team's strategy for testing FlexiForce sensors to obtain baseline performance data. This step will prove to be very important when troubleshooting...
Secrets to a Successful Sensor Integration This four-part series hosted by Ed Haidar, Tekscan Application Engineer and FlexiForce Product Manager, will cover a complete story of a design team that utilized FlexiForce sensors to become a critical component in their medical device design. Each of...
The COVID-19 era has taught all of us an important lesson about risk anticipation – especially in business. Certainly, the pandemic prompted a swift change in our way of life to such an extreme degree many of us could never have imagined. At the time of publishing this article in the summer...
Ed Haidar; Tekscan Applications Engineer and Product Manager for the FlexiForce Embedded Sensing Division. For designers and engineers, the measures taken early in the sensor integration process can make a significant impact in the later design phases. While some embedded components companies...
Ultra-thin force sensors - like FlexiForce TM sensors - are a useful embedded component for integration into smart, force-sensitive devices. Their thin and flexible properties allow the ability to fit into tight spaces within a design. However, depending on the expectations of your application, you...
Figure 1: Thin position sensors, such as the strip sensor shown on the right, share many of the same functional characteristics of an electrical potentiometer (left). Thin linear potentiometers, or position sensors, are a unique component used to correlate the specific position of an actuator,...
Printed, thin, and flexible sensors have caused quite the buzz around the design engineering community in recent years. This is due largely to the boom of smart, lightweight, and power-efficient technologies, which have become entrenched in our everyday lives. Naturally, when designing these...

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