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    Hi All,
    Thank you for all the suggestions. As a number of you were also
    interested in a similar device, so i have attached a list of the

    Best Regards,
    Shashank Raina

    Biomechanics Laboratory
    University of Southern California

    Original Question.

    Hi All,
    I am planning to make a hand force/pressure sensing glove that can be
    used to estimate force between the hand (palm and fingers) and common
    household objects. I am aware of a product for this purpose made by
    Tekscan. Planning to use a number of small flexible thin force sensors
    to ensure maximum contact with the object and minimal bending of the
    sensors. Any input about materials, specifications, other vendors or
    pricing would be very helpful. My email address is

    Best Regards
    Shashank Raina


    Talk to David Nuckley about this project before you start your own (see
    attached abstract). This system looked very impressive in the
    presentation at NACOB earlier this year. I think you'd be better off
    adapting this system to your needs than creating your own. This device
    is sensitive enough to accurately detect the pulse in your carotid, but
    can still detect substantial forces with good linearity. It's also quite

    We've tried (and failed) to create glove-based sensors for patient
    handling purposes using quantum tunneling composites as a sensor
    substrate (tip- don't try to use this in your version). Because of this
    I can give you some suggestions about sensors to try, but they all cost
    a fortune (Novel Pliance glove sensor, Finger TPS from PPS, Tactilus
    from Sensor Products, etc.). But again, and also because of the
    difficulties personally experienced trying this ourselves, I urge you to
    try working with David Nuckley ( ) first.

    Brian Schulz, Ph.D.

    Try Novell, they have speciallized sensors for the hand.
    Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, Ph.D.

    Hi Raina
    there is also a good product made by FSA in as
    the sensors are calibrated.
    Let me know if you need more info.
    Best regards


    We have been using the Tekscan "Flexiforce" sensors in an application
    similar to what you are describing. There are limitations to the thin
    profile resistive force sensors, but they also offer advantages over
    other methods of trying to characterize contact force at the hand in
    functional activities. We have attached 20 of these sensors to an
    athletic grip glove (I recommend use of golf gloves because they are
    thin, form fitting to the hand, and come in a wide range of sizes) on
    the finger/thumb phalangeal segments, metacarpal heads, and
    thenar/hypothenar aspects of the palm. We developed our own hardware
    for excitation and amplification and our own DAQ software. From what I
    have seen, the cost of these sensors is very low compared to other thin
    profile pressure/force mapping technologies. I believe that having
    individually replaceable sensors is critical, because these thin
    substrate sensors will damage even with moderate use. My criticism of
    higher cost commercial systems that consist of a single integrated
    sensor (i.e. a sensor media that contains multiple sensing points that
    are not individually replaceable) is that the sensor is unusable if any
    portion of the sensing elements is damaged.

    I could provide you with more information if you contact me directly.
    There are also some other investigators I could direct you to who have
    experience working with these types of sensors in similar applications.

    Please note that everything expressed here is my own professional
    opinion and does not reflect any product endorsement or policy of my

    Brian Lowe

    Dear Shashank
    Pl. check
    I am sure, PPS products will be of your interest.
    Contact : Dr. Jae Son

    Atul Motla

    Dear Shashank,

    I saw you post today. We sell a solution that may be of interest to you. See:

    The ISS-O: Intelligent Sensor Series in Octopus Format uses the same
    sensors as the GPMS except that the # of sensors is less.

    You may be interested in the following papers that compared different
    sensors used to measure grip force in golfers. I think one of the
    sensors was made by Tekscan.

    Komi, E. R., Roberts, J. R., & Rothberg, S. J. (2008). Measurement and
    analysis of grip force during a golf shot. Proceedings of the
    Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports
    Engineering and Technology, 222(1), 23-35.

    Schmidt, E., Roberts, J., & Rothberg, S. (2006). Time-resolved
    measurements of grip force during a golf shot. In E. F. Moritz & S.
    Haake (Eds.), The Engineering of Sport 6 (Vol. 2, pp. 57-62). New
    York: Springer.

    Schmidt, E. R., Roberts, J. R., & Rothberg, S. J. (2005). Thin,
    flexible sensors for grip force measurements in sport. In A. Subic &
    S. Ujihashi (Eds.), The impact of technology on sport (pp. 399-405).
    Melbourne: Australasian Technology Alliance.

    Best regards,