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Company: Pressure Profile Systems, Inc.
Established: 1996
Description: Driven by its R&D customers, Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. (PPS) has designed tactile pressure sensors in nearly every shape, form and performance characteristic. The company's instrumentation solutions offer industry-leading sensitivity and repeatability with a vast range of options for design. The company's custom Chameleon software displays synchronized video, 3D pressure profiles or 2D color maps, TiVo-like functionality in playback, editing and manipulation of data sub-sets.

PPS' newest instrumentation product, the wireless FingerTPS (Finger Tactile Pressure Sensing) system, was recently unveiled to the public at the 2008 IVR Industrial Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo. FingerTPS sensors are soft, flexible units worn on the hands which capture and transmit accurate, repeatable tactile force data to a PC via wireless Bluetooth connection. FingerTPS tactile data with integrated video provides a complete representation of user interaction with tools, sports equipment, new product designs, or medical applications. Other PPS instrumentation systems include RoboTouch for providing a sense of touch to robot grippers, TactArray for measuring distributed tactile pressures with a USB interface, ConTacts for tactile force measurements with analog output, and PresStrip for linear pressure measurement.

PPS has been designing and developing the world's most advanced systems for measuring distributed tactile pressures since 1996. The Company's core technology was originally conceived at Harvard University and subsequently enhanced through government grants from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, Army Research Laboratory, and National Institutes of Health. PPS' instrumentation and OEM capabilities have helped customers achieve important improvements in product performance, optimize their manufacturing processes and create new products that capture the sense of touch in the fields of medicine, robotics, industrial and consumer product design, and manufacturing quality control.

PPS' core technology forms the basis of two successful medical device manufacturers: Medical Tactile, Inc. produces the SureTouch Pre-Mammogram system for the early detection of breast cancer, while Sierra Scientific Instruments is the industry leader in high-resolution motility (swallowing pressure) instrumentation for diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders. PPS has also partnered with eSoles, to develop the 3D TruCapture self-service foot imaging kiosk, combining tactile and 3d scan data for the production of custom insoles or component recommendation for semi-custom, modular insoles. On January 1st, 2007, PPS formed the PPS Tactile (PPST) division to establish capacitive tactile sensing as an embedded technology for the personal mobile device, consumer electronics, and robotics markets. PPS Tactile partners with leading multinational telecommunications firms to develop advanced User Interface solutions, and offers mass production capabilities through manufacturing partners in Korea. Mobile phones featuring PPST technology are now available in select Asian markets, and PPST-powered portable media players will be available in the USA in the fall of 2008.
1: tactile sensor
2: sensors
3: pressure sensor
Classification: Engineering/Consultancy
Target Markets: WORLDWIDE - All Regions
Tel: 310.641.8100
Fax: 310.507.0229
Address: 5757 Century Blvd., Suite 600
City: Los Angeles
State/Province: Calfornia
Zip/PC: 90045
Country: USA
URL: http://www.pressureprofile.com
Contact: Sung-Hee Son

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