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New Development Kit Aimed at Helping OEMs Get Products to Market Faster

BOSTON—A new development kit from Tekscan—the FlexiForce® OEM Development Kit—is intended to help OEM design engineers get their products to market faster.

For OEM design engineers utilizing FlexiForce sensors, the complete development kit is valuable in helping to expedite the proof of concept phase, according to a release from Tekscan. The economical kit combines a MicroView display module, USB programmer interface, and analog front-end FlexiForce® Quickstart board. This package, along with open-source software and two FlexiForce sensors, enables engineers to quickly test how FlexiForce sensors will behave in their specific product or application environment, Tekscan reported.

The data provided by the FlexiForce OEM Development Kit is said to help engineers quickly and easily understand how the sensors will behave once they are integrated into a particular product or application environment. The battery or USB-powered kit works by gathering analog data from the Quickstart Board and FlexiForce sensor, easily calibrating it, and producing immediate force measurements. The software option allows users to calibrate, set data acquisition parameters, and record data for analysis within minutes.

“At Tekscan, we’re always exploring new ways to make it easier and more cost-effective for OEMs to test and embed FlexiForce technology into their products. We’re excited that this tool will help reduce design and development time by offering a quick and easy proof-of-concept solution,” said Mark Lowe, vice president of Sensor Business, in the release.

FlexiForce sensors can measure force between almost any two surfaces and are durable enough to stand up to most environments, according to Tekscan. The sensors are available off-the-shelf for prototyping or can be customized to meet the specific needs of a customer’s product design and application requirements.

Currently, Tekscan offers six standard FlexiForce sensor options, and will soon be introducing a seventh option. Each is differentiated by size or pressure-sensitive ink technology variations. These characteristics suit them to be utilized in a wide range of designs, depending on factors such as temperature, humidity, amount of force or pressure being applied, and product size.

The thin, flexible, and lightweight force sensors are reported to be suitable for products and applications where size, portability, and low power requirements are important. FlexiForce sensors are reported to have successfully been installed in “thousands of applications, especially medical devices, robotics, sports and fitness, and consumer products.”

More information on the new OEM Development Kit is available on the Tekscan website:

Tekscan's patented tactile force and pressure sensing solutions are said to provide customers with the actionable information they need to optimize product design and improve clinical and research outcomes. Their sensors and systems are used across a wide range of applications within test and measurement, medical, dental, and retail; as stand-alone solutions, or as embedded technology to create better and differentiated products.
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