Our tactile sensors have been used in many different applications from robotics to the medical field, consumer devices and the auto industry. Use this page to browse by industry or technology through some of the previous applications of our sensing devices below to get an idea of how we can develop solutions for your project.
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The Bicycle Glove is an integrated two-handed glove solution that comprises of 14 sensor arrays placed on the fingers of each hand coupled with a Stretchable TactArray that was placed on each palm and removable to the bicycle handlebars to cover the region between the thumb and index finger.
Barrett Hand is a multi-fingered programmable grasper with the dexterity to secure target objects of different sizes, shapes, and orientations. With 96 RoboTouch sensing elements, the BarrettHand can now detect exactly how much pressure its fingertips, grippers, and palms are exerting onto a surface.
Willow Garage needed tactile sensors to be embedded into their Personal Robot 2 (PR2) grippers to help it pick up varying objects such as silverware and pens. RoboTouch sensors were designed for use with the PR2 open-source robot hardware platform.
RoboTouch sensors were integrated into Twendy One to provide dexterity and “gentle touch” into each of Twendy-One’s hands. This is attributed to the 241 RoboTouch sensors integrated into each of Twendy-One’s hands.
PPS is working with a world leader in touchpads. 3DTI is implemented by PPS to develop the Tactile Pad solution that brings the force dimension to traditional touchpads.
LG wanted to incorporate a force-sensitive side key for controlling their mobile phone camera. PPS used 3DTI to develop a silicone membrane based input pad that instantly reconfigures itself to different modes of operation. This new technology determines contact location as well as force level over device surface using 12 thin capacitive sensor elements around the border.
PPS’s Heat Press Pressure Measurement System accurately and quickly evaluates and measures the contact pressures between a heat press and mating surface during manufacturing processes where a press applies heat and pressure.
PPS’s Nip Pressure Measurement System accurately and quickly measures roller pressure profiles in industrial machinery to correct misalignment issues and uneven pressure distribution.
The Spray Pattern Sensor is a first-of-its-kind large, high-speed sensor mat designed to visualize and characterize accumulated fluid deposition information for spray processes and is able to identify where a sprayed fluid or gas actually land.
PPS’s Spray Pressure Sensing System measures and visually represents the spray distribution onto a surface via the impact pressure generated by spray particles.
PPS embedded custom tactile sensors in the tip of a laparoscopic probe, allowing physicians to “feel” around & inside the human body through the smallest of initial cuts.
The development of the state-of-the-art, self-serve foot imaging kiosk was led by the PPS engineering team. It delivers leading performance at a lower cost than going to a foot specialist.
PPS partnered with SSI to develop a custom motility catheter that incorporated 36 multiplexed circumferential pressure sensors.
JXJ needed a solution for measuring pulse and blood pressure in a health watch. They partnered with PPS to develop a watch embedded with PPS pulse sensors. PPS sensors do not require chest straps, enabling a watch that more-closely resembles stylish accessories rather than healthcare monitoring devices.
SureTouch uses PPS sensors embedded in a handheld probe, which when pressed against the breast, senses tissue elasticity and detects pressure from cancerous lumps.
PPS developed the first of its kind tactile sensing prosthetics sock solution that comprised of a wireless interface electronics and four twelve-elements Digitacts strip sensors.
Customer looked for a solution to measure eyelid pressures on ocular surface. Digitacts sensors from PPS were inserted between the soft contact lens on the cornea and the inner surface of the eyelid. A study was published a using PPS sensor data showing that eyelid pressure decreased significantly with age.
Lenox Hill needed to measure pressures of knee joints when flexed. PPS delivered custom 24-elements Digitacts sensors for both medial and lateral sides. These sensors were not only flexible for multi-curved surface of knee joints but could also withstand the relatively high pressures of this application.
A customer wanted to capture pressure mapping information of neonatal & pediatric tracheostomy tube balloons against the trachea. PPS developed custom TactArray and Digitacts solutions mounted inside rigid cylinders of different sizes mimicking the customer tracheostomy tubes as well as their competition.
PPS’s Foot Pressure Mapping System measures and analyzes pressure distribution on a person’s foot for research and product development applications.
PPS’s Pulse Sensor Development Kit provides a simple, non-invasive means for capturing pulse pressure waveforms while eliminating the need for cumbersome equipment such as cuffs or chest straps.
The TactileHead Pressure Measurement System is a measurement system that can assess the pressures (and therefore the comfort) of a given headphone or hearing protection design or configuration.
The Headband Sensor System from PPS is a Bike/ski sensor system used for assessing the size adjustment mechanism of helmets, allowing users to measure and visualize pressure points.
PPS’s Body Pressure Mapping System (BPMS) provides a means for designers and clinicians to measure and visualize the key pressure points when a user sits on a seat. Using an array of highly sensitive sensors placed on a seat body pressure points are measured and displayed.
PPS’s Finger Tactile Pressure Sensing System (the FingerTPS) is designed to measure the pressures exerted on an object by the human hand during gripping.
Using PPS’ patented, game changing tactile sensor technology called Capacitive Force Switch, automotive product designers can now add the force dimension to capacitive control buttons, and provide the reliability and durability of mechanical switches coupled with the sleek design, simple appearance, low cost and more sophisticated operation of capacitive switches.
PPS’s Tire Tread Pressure Measurement System (TTPMS) is a high-speed (scan rate of up to 220hz) industrial tactile sensor system used by tire manufacturers and automobile manufacturers for capturing static or dynamic tire tread pressure patterns during quality control testing or tire tread design analysis.
PPS’s Dynamic Brake Pad Measurement System (DBPMS) captures the dynamic pressure distribution between brake pad and rotor surfaces during actual braking.
PPS Door Handle Tactile Sensor System provides pressure mapping data that can be correlated to the level of comfort and feel that drivers and passengers experience when they grasp automotive door handles.