Improving the Safety of Scaffolding Using Sensors

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 2 million people work on scaffolds. However, despite hours of training per OSHA regulatory practices, there are approximately 50 scaffold-related deaths and 4,500 injuries every year[1]. Of...

The IoT and Sensors: A Quick Overview

If you’ve ever entered Tomorrowland at Disney World, you’ve seen the Carousel of Progress. Inside is an animatronic show that debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair, moving to its current location in the 1970s. It follows the story of a family as their world evolves through...
Continuum Robots and Tactile Sensors

Continuum Robots and Tactile Sensors

Preface In Load Cells and Force Sensors in Robotics, we introduced recent advancements in robotics technology through the use of load cells and force transducers. Here we continue by looking at a specific example of robotics that employs these sensors: continuum...
Load Cells and Force Sensors in Robotics

Load Cells and Force Sensors in Robotics

Preface Load cells and force sensors have been around for many years. However, these mature technologies are continually adapting to the needs of emerging technologies like robotics. Admittedly, robotics isn’t the latest technology either. Robots can be traced...
Measuring Forces in the Force Shunt

Measuring Forces in the Force Shunt

Preface This article discusses the techniques used to measure forces diverted from the desired force direction (a “force shunt”). It explains the concepts of force sensors and transducers and force measurements. It concludes with a brief overview of...
How to Build a Digital Weighing Scale

How to Build a Digital Weighing Scale

Preface Build a digital scale for your next DIY electronics project. Whether you’re looking to increase your background learning around force measurement or in search of a school science project, this DIY eletronics project can be completed by anyone with a...