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TouchMicro-10 v2.0 $18.65US
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A touch sensor that captures force. Responds to pressure from 10 - 1000 gram that's applied evenly across its active area, a disk with 10 mm (0.4 inch) diameter. View, calibrate, record, process and map the sensor data using our 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 2.0 (April 2016)
Sensing parameter contact pressure or force
Sensing method zero-travel force sensitive resistor
Active area 10 mm (0.39 inch) diameter disk
Range 10 to 1000 g, evenly applied across active area, ie. 0.18 PSI to 18 PSI
Response time less than 1 ms
Repeatability 5% for one sensor, 20% across multiple sensors
Hysteresis 10 %
Output resistance more than 10 MOhm (at 0 N) to ? kOhm (at ? N) in parallel with 47 kOhm
Power supply 1.0 to 10 V DC, 0.1 mA at 5 V
Operating temperature -30 to 70 °C (-22 to 158 °F)
Sensor dimensions 30 mm (1.2 inch) x 14 mm (0.55 inch) x 0.4 mm (0.02 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
  • Our SensePlay software is a very easy way to quickly map sensor data to (sequences of) sounds, images and videos using a drag & drop user interface.
  • Our EditorX software allows you to configure the digitizer to process and map the sensor data of multiple sensors simultaneously.
  • Our Link software allows you to receive the sensor data from the digitizer and use your computer to view, calibrate, record, process and map the sensor data of multiple sensors simultaneously.
  • Our SensorX software allows you to receive the sensor data from the digitizer and use your computer to view, calibrate, record, process and map the data of a single sensor.

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 Thursday 01 August 2019.
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