Soon to launch on Kickstarter, Sensel is an external touchpad with pressure sensitivity.
It differs from products like the ForcePad or Apples Force Touch in the way that it is using a high resolution array of force sensitive resistors instead of capacitive touch. What is interesting about the approach is the ability to use any object.
“Currently, the most advanced technology apart from that which Sensel has created is Force Touch. The force sensitivity in Force Touch was created by placing four force sensors on the computer’s touchpad, one on each corner. Force Touch uses a capacitive sensor to detect fingers and other conductive objects. These are some fancy words — what do they mean exactly? Essentially, Force Touch can only detect fingers or objects like a stylus, but cannot detect other objects, like paintbrushes or a regular pen.”
Latency and how it feels to use remains to be felt. Could be some fun prototyping applications coming up though.
Read more at sensel.com
On the note of instruments finding new directions through electronics, I noticed that neither the Seaboard or Haken Continuum has not been mentioned on the page. Camille posted about the pressure sensitive EVO keyboard back in 2012. Although also featuring spacey sounds, the Seaboard and Continuum are slightly different.
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