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BendShort v2.0 $39.37US
2 - 6 : $37.40US ( save 5% )
7 - 19 : $35.44US ( save 10% )
20 + : $31.50US ( save 20% )
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Bend your fingers and control your lights. Bi-directional, so it goes from -180 to +180 (larger flex angle possible). See this videoclip for a demo ! Shorter versions are available as BendMicro and BendMini. Need another size, width, length, thickness, stiffness, ... ? Contact us with your request - we can provide you with the solution that best matches your requirements.

Application examples

  1. Combine with the TouchGlove and create your own custom dataglove for capturing finger bending, capture hand movements with a GForce3D).
  2. Go whole-body with a bodysuit, capture all your joints' movements and express with all your extremities. A couple of BioVolt sensors will capture muscle tension. Use a GForce3D on your feet and hands to capture kicks and punches. A Hot will keep you in check of your body temp.
  3. Since it's such a thin and flexible sensor, it's usable for measuring airflow.
  4. Wireless Wi-microDig with one of our BatteryPacks recommended in all cases to operate without tether.
  5. For bookworms: has also been used to detect turning of pages.

Technical specifications

Product BendShort sensor
Version 2.0 (2009)
Sensing parameter flex angle multiplied by flex radius
Sensing method Flexpoint piezo-resistive technology
Range -180 to +180 (larger flex angle possible)
Active area 61 x 1.7 mm (2.4 x 0.67 inch)
Minimum flex radius 5 mm (0.2 inch)
Output impedance ? kOhm (at -180 flex angle) to ? kOhm (at 0 flex angle) to ? kOhm (at 180 flex angle)
Calibration (using minimum flex radius)
Degrees Voltage (use 5 V power supply) 7-bit MIDI value (use 'no processing' editor preset)
-180 0.07 2
0 2.47 63
+180 4.64 118
Power supply 1.0 to 10 V DC, 0.1 mA at 5 V
Sensor dimensions 96 x 6.0 x 0.1 mm (3.8 x 0.24 x 0.004 inch)
Weight 9 g (0.3 oz), incl. cable
Cable 1.0 m (39 inch), shielded, red wire = power, black wire = ground, white wire = sensor output, maximum extension 30 m (98 ft)
Connector male plug with a row of 3 pins spaced 2.54 mm (0.100 inch)
Software support

  1. 09 Dec 2014: SensorX v1.00 for MacOS and Windows (64bit, contact us for the 32bit version) from source code in Max. For multiple sensors or sensor outputs, run multiple instances of the application, each started in its own folder. Use together with Connect (MacOS / Windows) or BlueMIDI (Windows).

Application notes The sensor output is determined by both the angle between the ends of the sensor as well as the flex radius; bending the sensor sharply will result in more value change than bending the sensor smoothly, when keeping the ends in the same position.

This page was updated on Tuesday 01 November 2016.
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