loadpad®: Total force between any objects.
loadpad force sensors for measuring normal force in biomechanics and industry
The loadpad force sensors were developed by novel for use in a wide range of applications including medicine*, rehabilitation*, sports, ergonomics, biomechanics, and industrial production quality control. The loadpad measures the normal force placed on the sensor area and is therefore the ideal solution for measurements which do not require information about the distribution of force across a surface.
The loadpad measures the normal total force using a thin, flexible sensor. Based on a new patent, it is the first sensor which can accurately assess the total force even if heterogeneously loaded across the sensor surface. The loadpad sensor has matchbox-sized electronics and communicates wirelessly via Bluetooth with a smartphone. The force values are displayed on the smartphone in real time. The user can also receive immediate feedback regarding the applied force via an auditory, visual, or vibratory signal. The measured data can be stored on the smartphone and to the cloud and additionally transferred to a computer for a more detailed analysis. Long-term measurements allow the evaluation of different parameters such as impulse, load frequency or loading rate.