Wearable Fingertip Pressure Sensors

Aug. 1, 2006
FingerTPSsensors are designed to be worn a person’s fingertips and palm, and to measure the pressures exerted while the person uses a tool or performs some other action.

Based on capacitive sensor technology, FingerTPS sensors are capable of measuring pressures up to 10 pounds in 0.1lb increments. Less than 2mm thick, they are mounted in stretchable fabric for a snug fit on the user’s fingers. The systems are USB-powered for Windows PCs and supported by PC-resident software that displays and tracks time-series, average and peak pressures in easy-to-read color graphics. Currently available only as a research and development kit, users can choose up to four fingers and palm sensors for each hand. Evaluation kits are priced from $2,995 for a single-hand system with two sensors. Prices for a two-hand kit begin at $3,995. Additional sensors are priced at $495 each.

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