LG’s tough new sensor brings pressure power to flexible surfaces

LG Innotek has developed a new pressure sensor that’s flexible, durable, and able to withstand extreme temperatures. The company sees the tech finding its way into smart sports gear, being used in injury rehabilitation and even for automatically adjusting car seats.

Where current commercial pressure sensors tend to be coin-shaped, and made from rigid materials, LG’s new device is bendable, and capable of measuring the level of external force across its entire surface.

LG Innotek introduces flexible textile pressure sensor

LG Innotek introduces flexible textile pressure sensor (Source: LG Innotek)

It’s durable, and works in temperatures ranging from -40° C to 80° C (-40° F to 176° F). According to LG, it’ll work even after an average man, weighing some 70 kg (154 lb), has sat on it 100,000 times.

The company envisages the sensors being used in everything from clothing to cars. For example, numerous sensors could be placed in a car seat, gathering information on posture and weight, and using it to automatically adjust to an optimum driving position, or even tweak the pressure of an airbag.

> Read more by Chris Wood, gizmag, June 29, 2016