UC Berkeley researchers have created new electronic skin, or e-skin, that responds to touch by instantly lighting up. The more intense the pressure, the brighter the light it emits. In addition to giving robots a finer sense of touch, the engineers believe the new e-skin technology could also be used to create things like wallpapers that double as touch-screen displays and dashboard laminates that allow drivers to adjust electronic controls with the wave of a hand.
Touch technology innovator Peratech is working with the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London to develop wearable electronics that use the company’s award-winning QTC sensors.
The EZ-Light K50 touch allows users to change light from green to red with the touch of a finger, hand or whole palm - with bare hands or work gloves - for bright, clear indication.
A heart rate monitor has been released using EPIC sensor technology and is the same size as a wristwatch.
Turck has introduced rotary inductive sensors, a range of inductive analog sensors that provides 360° angular measurement.
Omron and Renesas are to jointly develop capacitive touch sensor solutions, a field that is attracting a great deal of interest as a next-generation man-machine interface.