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What is a tactile sensor?

A tactile sensor (aka fingertip force sensor) is a device that measures the forces in response to the physical interaction with the environment. The sense of touch in humans is modeled based on the biological sense of touch provoked by the mechanical stimulation of the skin. Tactile sensors are used in robotics, computer hardware, and security systems. A common application of tactile sensors is in robotic hands and fingers (i.e. robotic tactile sensing).


Why are Tactile Sensors so important in robotic applications? 
One of the main challenges facing the robotic industry today is that the dexterity of the fingers precludes conventional robotic systems from doing about 95% of all manual jobs. Preparing a drink, folding a napkin, cleaning a chandelier, etc. requires extreme dexterity. Replacing these types of manual labor with robots requires accurately measuring and controlling the robot’s grasping force to increase dexterity and to make sure that fragile objects are not crushed by the gripper (i.e. semiconductor wafer handling ). Although load cells are reliable sensors for force measurement, they have historically been limited by their bulky construction.


Multiple Load Button Load Cells are utilized as a tactile sensor to measure the tactile force produced by an industrial robot. FUTEK has developed a technical article detailing the use of load cells in robotic prosthetics and grippers for robotic tactile sensing.

How it Works
  1. As research laboratories continue to explore the world of robotics, there exists a greater necessity for high precision test and measurement products, specially in the robotic tactile sensing space.

  2. This application illustrates five Miniature Load Buttons (aka fingertip force sensor) mounted to the tip of each robotic finger. As the robotic hand manipulates different objects, the force require to handle those particular objects is collected by the tactile sensors.

  3. Pairing FUTEK's USB Solution with these Load Buttons, research engineers can stream the multiple force directly onto their PC.

  4. If their PC utilizes FUTEK's SENSIT™ Test and Measurement Software, the engineers will be able to live graph and log all the data.

Products in Use

Five Miniature Load Buttons (LLB Series) paired with FUTEK's USB Solutions and SENSIT™ Test and Measurement Software.


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What is a tactile sensor?

A tactile sensor (aka fingertip force sensor) is a device that measures the forces in response to the physical interaction with the environment. The sense of touch in humans is modeled based on the biological sense of touch provoked by the mechanical stimulation of the skin. Tactile sensors are used in robotics, computer hardware, and security systems. A common application of tactile sensors is in robotic hands and fingers (i.e. robotic tactile sensing).


Why are Tactile Sensors so important in robotic applications? 
One of the main challenges facing the robotic industry today is that the dexterity of the fingers precludes conventional robotic systems from doing about 95% of all manual jobs. Preparing a drink, folding a napkin, cleaning a chandelier, etc. requires extreme dexterity. Replacing these types of manual labor with robots requires accurately measuring and controlling the robot’s grasping force to increase dexterity and to make sure that fragile objects are not crushed by the gripper (i.e. semiconductor wafer handling ). Although load cells are reliable sensors for force measurement, they have historically been limited by their bulky construction.


Multiple Load Button Load Cells are utilized as a tactile sensor to measure the tactile force produced by an industrial robot. FUTEK has developed a technical article detailing the use of load cells in robotic prosthetics and grippers for robotic tactile sensing.

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