October 27, 2014
BeBop Sensors Inc., a wearable sensor company, has launched its first product. The BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor is an ultra-thin wearable sensor that measures all aspects of physicality. These include bend, location, motion, rotation, angle and torque.
BeBop's sensors are able to measure physicality to sense and display 3D maps of data. They provide real-time reporting on force, X/Y location, bend, twist, size, stretch and motion. The technology offers possibilities for wearable products such as controllers, smart yoga and gym mats, grip sensors, weight lifting gloves, cycling shoe inserts and foot volume sensing.
The BeBop sensor technology was created after developing smart fabric sensors for musical instruments at Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI). With increased demand and applications for the technology, KMI created BeBop Sensors Inc. to service a new customer base.
“BeBop is a natural step for KMI, where we have diligently tuned fabrics, geometries, and production processes allowing us to ship over 1 million sensors to some of the most demanding musicians in the world,” said Keith McMillen, founder, KMI and BeBop Sensors. “All musical instruments are essentially sensors with forms of acoustic processing attached. The same care and creativity used to build our instruments will serve well for our non-musical customers as we expand into the wearables market.”
BeBop is also now offering custom turnkey sensor solutions for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to incorporate into their products, which range from basic sensors to complete wireless solutions.
For more information, visit BeBop Sensors.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.