Soft Sensors: What do They Do?

Sensors Insights by Colin Eichinger

When it comes to considering the future of technology across industries, it’s important to look at soft sensors and the value they provide. These intricate devices are being incorporated into textiles, medical devices, and nearly every industry you can imagine.

Fig. 1: Soft sensor applied to a knee brace to monitor motion (Bend Labs).
Fig. 1: Soft sensor applied to a knee brace to monitor motion (Bend Labs).

So, what do they do? How can they add value to your product? Soft sensors help interface humanity with technology. Bend Labs, a soft sensor company, has focused their efforts in exploring the integration of humans with novel technologies by designing from the ground up the most accurate conformable flex sensor to date. 

Bend Labs’ soft sensors are designed with simplicity in mind, ensuring high quality angular displacement data in real-time.  What makes Bend Labs’ soft sensors stand out from the competition is that they’re uniquely designed to reject any stretching or extraneous bending, which in turn offers a high-fidelity measurement of end-to-end angular displacement.

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These unique soft sensors are made of medical grade silicone rubber and can bend, stretch and conform to any contour imaginable. The sensors measure one or two axes of angular displacement, and unlike inertial-based sensors and traditional plastic flex sensors, there is zero drift. This unique offering opens the door to ultra-stable and low power angle measurements designed to unlock any developers Imagination. 

 

About the author

Colin Eichinger is the VP of Engineering at Bend Labs and has played an integral role in developing the company’s patented, unique soft sensors. Colin has more than a decade of engineering experience. He currently resides in Salt Lake City.