Sensobright LLC was established in 2018 and has experienced rapid growth thanks to fervent investor interest. By 2020, the R&D and machine shop in the US had sophisticated manufacturing capabilities, including machines for setting fiber optic cable. Sensobright has received backing from governmental organizations, academic institutions, and technology businesses, and they have received close to ten million dollars in investment from Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Sensobright proudly proclaims, “We Own the Patents of One of Five Human Senses,” as they fill the gap in tactile sensing in robots. In order to increase their product portfolio, they are currently performing R&D and manufacturing on next-generation touch sensor technologies at their new 10,000-square-foot plant.
Technical excellence, cost reduction, customizability, and miniaturizing according to Sensobright, are the current trends influencing the tactile sensor market.
The Fingertip Tactile Sensor (FTS), which Sensobright is currently producing, is the size of a fingertip and has 317 optical receptors per square centimeter (compared to an average of 241 nerve endings per square centimeter in human fingertips). This translates to a receptor pitch of 0.3 mm as opposed to a 1 mm nerve pitch in human fingertips. Their tactile sensors have a spatial resolution as well as the ability to detect forces as small as 0.1 grams, with a sensitivity threshold of 1 gram at the fingertips. The multi-touch capability of Sensobright’s patented technologies, which enables simultaneous individual recording of each receptor, is among its most significant features.
Advancing With The Technology
With the help of their unique technology, Sensobright is able to integrate tactile receptors on a massive scale and send data from those receptors over a single USB cable. This is unprecedented with any technology before Sensobright and of utmost relevance in terms of cutting expenses for end customers.The simultaneous multi-touch functionality and high-density placement of highly sensitive sensors allow the FTS to map the shape of touching objects in three dimensions as well. In addition to the ground-breaking touch-sensing features listed above, FTS can measure temperature and even nearby objects, display high-resolution videos, and is magnetic field-free.
The Magic Silicone Sensor (MSS), the second product from Sensobright, is a small, patent-protected silicone pad with a black hue that can digitally sense the shape and intensity of any incoming contact. In essence, it functions as a non-energized touch screen that displays information in response to pressure. As a result, MSS can track, follow, count, and even provide gesture commands for numerous objects that are in contact.
MSS can be produced in sizes ranging from one square centimeter to that of a dinner table, whether flat or curved, uniform or not. In contrast to electrified touch surfaces that operate on capacitive or resistive principles, MSS may be incorporated under any flexible material to transform any soft surface into the multi-touch control surface. MSS can function in harsh environmental circumstances, including high temperature (even at automotive grade), high humidity, high magnetic interference, and vibrations, because an electrified surface is not exposed to the working environment.
Because of its cutting-edge technology, MSS is impervious to most conventional sensor sounds, allowing MMS, for instance, to detect touch through heavy work gloves on a damp surface.
Possible applications are essentially unlimited thanks to MSS’s entirely configurable size and shape, environmental durability, and integration flexibility.
The Technical Edge
Sensobright is trying to offer the most miniature tactile sensor on the market because it believes that the miniaturization of sensors is a future trend for the sensor business.
The Sensobright team is certain that they have already demonstrated that their sensors are superior to commercially available tactile sensors in terms of sensitivity, fidelity, adaptability, and environmental resistance.
Sensobright’s solutions represent the cutting edge of contemporary tactile sensor capabilities thanks to the combination of this technological advantage and the benefits of downsizing. It is anticipated that Sensobright will have new technologies that they don’t even consider now, thanks to the new inventions in the focus markets. You will be the first to learn about the future of tactile sensors if you continue to watch Sensobright.
About The Brain Behind It All
The founder and CEO of Sensobright Industries LLC, Prof. Dr. Utku BUYUKSAHIN, is a brilliant scientist and a celebrated engineer who owns a B.S. M.Sc. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and a B.S. in the business administration. More than 180 worldwide patents have been granted to Prof. Dr. Buyuksahin, including patents from the USA, Europe, and Japan. His specialties include but are not limited to, neuromodulation, robotics, sensors, image processing, and motion control. He was chosen as one of the top 25 scientists worldwide in 2019 by the Falling Walls Foundation, whose board of directors includes the president of the Nobel Foundation. He is a skilled guitarist, illustrator, and music writer.
Compared to commercially available tactile sensors, Prof. Dr. Utku Buyuksahin, Founder and CEO of Sensobright, asserts, “I believe we’ve already shown that our sensors represent the state-of-the-art in sensitivity, fidelity, adaptability, and environmental robustness. We don’t even have competitors for some specific applications, such as offering flexible, irregularly shaped, or non-energized touch surfaces, operating in extreme weather conditions, and giving ultra-high resolution touch sensitivity exceeding human tactile capabilities. Thus, you should get in touch with Sensobright if you’re in a situation where you can’t discover a solution to your demands that is widely available on the market.”
Potential customers would realize that Sensobright offer the best solution for their needs even in extreme scenarios where Sensobright has any competition, thanks to the company’s cost-optimized, tailored solutions that operate with low energy and bandwidth requirements.
Sensobright, The Future
The spatial resolution and sensitivity of Sensobright’s sensors are being continuously enhanced. They are currently concentrating their efforts on creating implementation and customization solutions for the products for various sectors, applications, and customer requirements.
All in all, Sensobright has already developed devices like robot hands with tactile sensors that are more sensitive than human hands or leather car armrests that can be used as touch-based control surfaces. To detect malignant tissues during laparoscopic surgery and any internal bleeding, they are developing laparoscopic surgical instruments incorporating cold steel apparatus with tactile and temperature-detecting capabilities. Prof. Dr. Buyuksahin hopes that his company will build technology-based applications that will revolutionize a wide range of industries in the future. Still, for the time being, they will remain laser-focused on a few key applications for important sectors.
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