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BendMicro v2.0 $30.56US
 
2 - 9 : $29.03US ( save 5% )
10 + : $27.50US ( save 10% )
excl. sales tax

Bend your fingers and control your lights. Bi-directional, so it goes from -180° to 180° (larger flex angle possible). Longer versions available as BendMini and BendShort. See this videoclip for a demo of the BendShort !

Application examples

  1. Combine with the TouchGlove and create your own custom dataglove for capturing finger bending, capture hand movements with a GForce3D-6).
  2. Go whole-body with a bodysuit, capture all your joints' movements and express with all your extremities. A couple of BioFlex sensors will capture muscle tension. Use a GForce3D-6 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 BendMicro sensor
Version 2.0 (May 2011)
Sensing parameter flex angle multiplied by flex radius
Sensing method piezo-resistive
Range -180° to +180° (larger flex angle possible)
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
180
Power supply 1.0 to 10 V DC, 0.1 mA at 5 V
Sensor dimensions 37 x 7 x 0.1 mm (1.5 x 0.3 x 0.004 inch)
Weight 15 g (0.5 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 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) 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 a higher value than bending the sensor smoothly, when keeping the ends in the same position. Longer versions available as BendMini and BendShort.

This page was updated on Tuesday 09 December 2014.
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