BeBop Sensors Earns Frost & Sullivan 2015 Technology Innovation Award
BeBop Smart Fabric Sensor Company Recognized for Commercially Scalable Solutions for Global OEMs & Best Practices
Berkeley, CA, June 15, 2015 — BeBop Sensors, Inc. bebopsensors.com, the leader in smart fabric sensor technology, announced today that it has received the 2015 Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award for its fabric sensor technology. Frost & Sullivan presented BeBop Sensors with the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovations Award because BeBop Sensors provides the ideal solution for today’s flexible fabric sensors industry. Embedded fabric sensors are an emerging field with great potential in various industries, such as wearables, sports, healthcare, and manufacturing.
Mr. Sumit Kumar Pal, senior research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said, “OEMs find it challenging to develop or procure smart fabric sensors that are multi-functional, reliable, and low priced. Luckily for them, BeBop Sensor’s innovative smart fabric sensor technology meets these requirements, and because of its strong overall performance, BeBop Sensors is recognized with Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 Technology Innovation Award in Smart Fabric Sensors.” Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation Awards are presented each year to companies that are predicted to encourage significant growth in their industries, have identified emerging trends before they became the standard in the marketplace, and have created advanced technologies that will catalyze and transform industries in the near future.
Bebop’s Proprietary Monolithic Fabric Sensor Technology Displays 3D Maps
BeBop Sensors designs and manufactures custom smart fabric solutions for OEMs. Since launching in 2014, BeBop has completed 14 new sensors for OEM solutions in numerous fields. BeBop Sensors uses a proprietary Monolithic Fabric Sensor Technology that integrates all of the sensors, traces and electronics into a single piece of fabric. This approach affords greater sensitivity, resolution, range of deployment and fantastic robustness with diminutive size. Implemented differently than other wearables that measure physiology (EKG, EMG), BeBop measures physicality. BeBop technology senses and displays 3D maps of pressure, bend, location, motion, rotation, angle, and torsion.
According to engineering.com, “BeBop’s future looks promising. They tout a technology that has already caught the eye of hundreds of companies in a range of different markets, from athletic goods to medical sensors to automotive.” Wearable Tech World said, “The solutions BeBop offers for integration into wearable products is an impressive list…Wearable technology is a hot topic right now, and it seems like BeBop Sensors is staking claim in the industry at the right time.”
Commercially Proven Fabric Sensor Technology Shipping Today
Shipping now, BeBop’s sensor technology is based on smart fabric technology that has been under development for six years. BeBop’s core sensor technology was originally deployed by Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI), which now has over 2 million smart fabric sensors in regular daily use in its musical instrument products. BeBop Sensors was spun out of KMI last year to take advantage of the growing need for practical fabric sensors with a proven record in design, manufacture and performance.
New BeBop Prototypes:
BeBop has developed a prototype “smart tire” that can sense the road surface, tire profile, and detailed information about the contact patch — the all-important hand sized area where the rubber literally meets the road. CEO Keith McMillen says, “While tire pressure monitoring is becoming standard, greater knowledge of the tire’s profile and road engagement can be used to adjust suspension, enlighten anti-lock braking and report on tread depth.”
Other applications for the versatile smart fabrics include detailed sensing of bodily motion. A first generation prototype of an all fabric data glove provides information of finger flexing and abduction from 14 fabric sensors. Combined with BeBop’s previously announced data insole, a sophisticated VR sensing system for locomotion and manipulation is available to certain OEMs. The Monolithic Fabric Sensor Technology can be used to produce sensors that are priced low enough to be considered disposable by medical and industrial standards.
A simple single layer fabric sensor can map pressures from complex objects in real time. Size and resolution can be targeted for specific applications. A basic fabric sensor is responsive from 50 grams to 100 Kgs, a 2000:1 dynamic range. Resolutions from 2mm to 15mm with fabric thicknesses down to 0.3mm are readily available. Applications for pressure maps are numerous, ranging from smart chairs that correct posture to sheets for hospital beds that track patient handling.
The award-winning BeBop Sensor Technology for OEMs is available now: “Make things knowable.” For more information, see the website: bebopsensors.com.
About BeBop Sensors
BeBop uses smart fabrics to create elegant sensor solutions for OEMs with its patented technology. Where things or people interact, Bebop’s sensors comprehend force, location, size, weight, shape and presence across any size, resolution and geometry. BeBop technology is robust and proven with over a million sensors already in daily use. Based in Berkeley, California, BeBop Sensors makes things knowable for product designers and visionaries. See demonstrations at the BeBop Sensors website.
About Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award
Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation Awards are presented each year to companies that are predicted to encourage significant growth in their industries, have identified emerging trends before they became the standard in the marketplace, and have created advanced technologies that will catalyze and transform industries in the near future. For more than 50 years, Frost & Sullivan has been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community, preparing companies for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics, and emerging economies. For more information, see http://ww2.frost.com/.
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- BeBop Skullcap Sensor: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopskullcapsensor.html
- BeBop Sensor Foot Pressure: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorfootpressure.html
- BeBop Wearable Sensor & Controller with Smartphone: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorsmartphone.html
- BeBop Sensor Arm Controller: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorarmcontroller.html
- BeBop Sensor Baseball Base – Safe: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorbaseball.html
- BeBop Sensor Grip Sensor: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorgrip.html
- BeBop Sensor Skullcap Bat Hit: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorskullcap.html
- BeBop Logo: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/beboplogo.html
- Tire Sensor: https://youtu.be/mo6DpZvinpk
- Gaming & VR: https://youtu.be/j-UYN4qMsYo
- Pressure Maps: https://youtu.be/vab-Nig9MXc
- Base: http://youtu.be/R_-Z1Iz7Jho
- Grip: http://youtu.be/91JfTC9YPWo
- Insole: http://youtu.be/zhlQbatUo8g
- Insole Weight Measurement: https://youtu.be/fPLABnrpC-w
- Skullcap: http://youtu.be/IeA3UQHrErA
- Arm: http://youtu.be/hQKr3mp1WK0
- BeBop YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmv9Arx_LvLmO2UViR76pHA
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