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TouchMicro-10 v1.0 $30.90US $27.82US
excl. sales tax

A touch sensor that captures what we feel when we apply force because its response curve is close to human perception of force. Contact pressure provides smooth continuous control. Responds to pressure from approx. 1 KPa (10 g/cm2, 0.1 PSI) to 2.5 MPa (25 Kg/cm2, 355 PSI) or a force of approx. 0.1 N (10 g, 0.02 lb) to 0.20 KN (20 Kg, 44 lb) that's applied evenly across its active area, a disk with 10 mm (0.4 inch) diameter. View, calibrate, record and map the sensor data using our TouchSensors software (see below).

And look, it's part of a family. Here are all the versions we have available (note that some of these sensors have a different response curve):

Application examples

  1. Can be easily worn or applied to a variety of flat surfaces. Blow Laurie Anderson, Marillion and others away. Trigger those samples!
  2. Measure your weight distribution on a platform or tile. See the BalanceTile demo !
  3. Use as a touch sensor for a sound synthesizer.
  4. May be used to design your own fretless bass. Use for capturing slaps while the Slide-500 functions as your pitch controller. A GForce3D will help you accentuate your tones when you move the stem upright.
  5. Can be used in your custom wind instrument design. Use for buttons, while using a Slide-100 for octave control and a GForce3D to capture body movements.
  6. Create a fancy control panel by combining Push sensors (Push, Push3D), Reach sensors (Reach, ReachClose), Slide sensors (eg. Slide-50, Slide-200, Slide-500, SlideRound, SlideWide), Touch sensors (see above) and Turn sensors to name a few.

Technical specifications

Product TouchMicro-10 sensor
Version 1.0 (2006)
Sensing parameter contact pressure or force
Sensing method zero-travel force sensitive resistor
Active area 10 mm (0.39 inch) diameter disk
Range approx. 1 KPa (10 g/cm2, 0.1 PSI) to 2.5 MPa (25 Kg/cm2, 355 PSI) or
approx. 0.1 N (10 g, 0.02 lb) to 0.20 KN (20 Kg, 44 lb), applied evenly across active area
absolute maximum is approx. 4.5 KN (450 Kg, 1000 lb)
Response time less than 5 µs
Linearity less than ±5% (from 0 to 50% load)
Precision less than ±2.5% of max recommended force (80% of recommended max force applied)
Hysteresis less than 4.5 % of max recommended force (80% of recommended max force applied)
Drift less than 5% divided by log (time duration), given constant load of 90% of recommended max force
Output resistance more than 1 MOhm (at 0 N) to 2 kOhm (at 667 N) in parallel with 47 kOhm
Calibration (force applied evenly across active area)
N Kg lb Voltage (use 5 V power supply) 7-bit MIDI value (use 'no processing' editor preset)
0 0 0 0.00 0
0.98 0.1 0.22 1.38 35
4.9 0.5 1.1 2.95 75
9.8 1.0 2.2 3.74 95
49 5.0 11 4.72 120
98 10 22 4.84 123
Calibration (force applied per unit of active area)
KPa PSI Voltage (use 5 V power supply) 7-bit MIDI value (use 'no processing' editor preset)
0 0 0.00 0
12.5 1.81 1.38 35
63 9.1 2.95 75
125 18.1 3.74 95
625 91 4.72 120
1245 181 4.84 123
Power supply 1.0 to 10 V DC, 0.1 mA at 5 V
Operating temperature -9 to 60 °C (15 to 140 °F), force reading change per degree of temperature change = ± 0.36% per °C (0.2% per °F), for loads less than 4.5 Kg (10 Lb), the operating temperature can be increased to 74 °C (165 °F)
Sensor dimensions 30 mm (1.2 inch) x 14 mm (0.55 inch) x 0.2 mm (0.008 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 3 pins in a row 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).
  2. 08 Dec 2010: TouchSensors v1.11 for MacOS and Windows from source code in Max.

Application notes
  1. Please note that calibration of the sensor requires careful attention to detail since they behave differently near the extremes of the usable range. The sensor behaves as a force sensor within the specified range but may not behave like a force sensor beyond this range. It is merely documented as a saturation effect above the range, meaning that sensitivity changes with force, and as a threshold effect below the range, which behaviour may be hard to repeat or even random.
  2. To obtain reliable results, the force has to be applied evenly across the active surface area of the sensor. Using a finger to calibrate or to measure how much force you exert is very unreliable unless you at least use a flat rigid object between the finger and the sensor.
  3. If the sensor shows a non-zero value when no force is applied, flatten the sensor between two flat objects for a few days. Any bending of the sensor may result in a non-zero at-rest value. Store sensor in flat position for best results.
  4. Using adhesive to attach the sensor may result in a non-zero value when no force is applied

This page was updated on Tuesday 12 July 2022.
Comments by customers: 2 Write Review
by I-CubeX Technical Support Date Added: Tuesday 19 February 2013
All our sensors have plugs that are compatible with any of our digitizers, see http://icubex.com/dig..

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
by Noa Dolberg Date Added: Sunday 17 February 2013
apology for my ignorance, but to what exactly this 'male plug with 3 pins in a row spaced' is plugge..

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars! [3 of 5 Stars!]
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