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The New Kickstarter Project Sensel Morph Is Awesome!

Posted by: on Aug 26, 2015 | No Comments

A cool new project was launched on Kickstarter today. The new project is developed by a San Francisco-based startup called Sensel. The project is releasing the Sensel Morph. It’s a cool neat touch keyboard interface. The project is seeking $60,000 to bring the product to market. Already the campaign has raised $75,574 within a few hours of launch with 44 more days to go. The Sensel Morph device offers a new generation of multi-touch interaction, powered by our patented Pressure Grid technology, in the form of an input device that allows people to interact with computers and programs in a whole new way. The company’s mission is to address the mismatch between the expressive capabilities of our hands and the restrictive interfaces of today’s devices. The Sensel Morph enable new ways of interaction with digital devices and allow Morph users to unleash new possibilities in the worlds of music, art, gaming, and beyond!


How does the Sensel Morph work: Beneath the smooth outer surface of the device are approximately 20,000 individual sensor elements at a spacing of 1.25mm (that’s less than 1/16”). We call them “sensels” for short, hence the name of our company. Unlike other touch technologies, which can only sense conductive objects, each of the sensor elements in our device senses pressure with a high dynamic range. These sensors allow us to capture a high-resolution image of the pressure applied to the device. Highly tuned algorithms on the device take these pressure images and turn them into a list of touch locations, each with their own force and shape information. This touch location data is then used to enable all the applications we’ve described above and is also accessible to developers through our API.

You may be asking yourself: How can Sensel possibly fit 20,000 individual sensors into a device this compact and why has this never been done before? The reason is that it required three major innovations and a whole lot of elbow grease to make this technology possible – innovations in materials, manufacturing, and electronics. Our team worked closely with a material scientist to custom-formulate a highly-tuned polymer layer which gives each individual sensor element the ability to sense force. This material enables the product to have high sensitivity and a high dynamic range. In other words, it can detect anything from a feather-light tap to a hard push and everything in between (with over 4,000 detectable voltage levels).

I was on the fence until I seen the Sensel Kickstarter video and immediately seen the value of the device. The Sensel morph is a very genius way to create with swapping out keyboard inputs. With the project off to a hot start you can expect to see this device soon. To learn more about the Sensel Morph project please visit the Sensel Kickstarter project!

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