Application of Conformable Tactile Sensor (CTS) for Head Pressure Analysis System (HPAS)

Period of Performance: 12/18/1998 - 08/09/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc.
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


A Head Pressure Analysis System (HPAS) needs to make many measurements close together and have sensors that conform to multiply curved surfaces. Furthermore, to make the sensors unobtrusive, it must be thin and flexible while easily accommodating the variation in the size of the people. Existing pressure distribution measurement systems do not conform to multiply curved surfaces and the quality of the measured data is poor. Pressure Profile Systems, inc. has developed a proprietary technology called Conformable Tactile Sensor (CTS) that can be wrapped around irregular and spherical surfaces. Application of this technology for the HPAS will provide a thin, conformable, robust, and sensitive measurement systems for researchers and designers. Consequently, the proposed HPAS will be able to accurately measure interface pressures of head mounted devices such as helmets, goggles, masks, virtual reality systems, night vision systems, head mounted phones, and head motion detection systems. BENEFITS: With the growing number of head-mounted devices that are being developed and used, obtaining the interface presume with the HPAS for assessing comfort, fit, impact pressures, fatigue, seal, and stability of these devices is critical.