3D pressure sensors use deforming surfaces to provide ‘grip’ and ‘feel’ functionality

January 08, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Conrad Business Supplies has OptoForce’s 10mm OMD sensor, which features a new way of gripping and measuring forces; the design works with infrared technology to give both accuracy and durability

OptoForce's technology provides a radical new way of gripping and measuring forces. Using infrared light, combined with optical grade elastomers to detect even the smallest deformation in the shape of the outer surface, the OMD sensor can almost 'feel’ like a human, offering users precise results of the direction and intensity of the applied force. OptoForce transducers are much more robust than strain-gauge based load cells and feature deforming surfaces physically separated from the actual sensing element.

With ruggedness, heat and cold resistance between -10 and 40°C (85 °C on request) plus a construction that is safely ‘overloadable’ up to 600%, OptoForce’s OMD sensors are suited to the most demanding tasks in tough operating environments. Adaptability and ease-of-use are key aspects of the design, with a standard USB interface bundled with OptoForce’s customisable DAQ software package offered as standard.

Conrad is stocking all types of OptoForce’s 3D sensor-development kits currently available, both in flat-top and semispherical form factors. Sizes range from 10 mm in diameter to 30 mm, and nominal capacities span 10N to 1600N.

Conrad Business Supplies; www.conrad.com