ForceBoard™ - Tactile friction & Sense of touch measurements
ForceBoard™ is the world's most powerful tactile friction tester for haptic perception measurements. Place an object or surface on ForceBoard™ and swipe your finger over it and objectively measure and record what the surface feels like via the interacting normal and friction forces and hereby quantify the sense of touch!
Tactility optimization and tactile friction are rapidly growing branches of product development aimed at optimizing the feel of surfaces found in medical devices, consumer products, skin care products, hair care products and mobile devices. Tactile friction data can also be used to mimic a material or fine tune an artificial sensation generated by a secondary electronic device.
Machine learning algorithms can also be incorporated into our software ForceBoard Analyzer to detect "good" and "bad" surfaces.
Read our LinkedIn article related to tactile friction:
Sense of touch and tactility testing example
2011 Alejandra León, Matilda Kaba-Liljeberg, Tactility in fabrics of clothing - A tactile study of silk, cotton and wool, Bachelor Thesis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
2011 Natalia Chuvashova, Development of a hiking aid with focus on the user and tactility, Master Thesis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
2012 Lisa Skedung, Tactile Perception - Role of Friction and Texture, ISSN: 1654-1081, Doctoral Thesis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
2015 Stéphanie Bernatchez, Stephen Theiss et al. Reducing Friction on Skin at Risk: The Use of 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film
2016 Kenneth Duvefelt, Adhesion and Friction - a Study on Tactility, ISSN: 1400-1179, Doctoral Thesis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
2017 Martin Arvidsson, Lovisa Ringstad, Lisa Skedung, Kenneth Duvefelt, Mark Rutland, Feeling ﬁne - the eﬀect of topography and friction on perceived roughness and slipperiness
2018 Lisa Skedung, Charles El Rawadi, Martin Arvidsson, Mark Rutland, Céline Farcet, Gustavo Luengo (L'Oréal), Lionel Breton (L'Oréal), Mechanisms of tactile sensory deterioration amongst the elderly
2018 Lisa Skedung, Kathryn Harris, Elizabeth S. Collier, Martin Arvidsson, Anelila Waeckerlin, Walter Haag, Marco Bieri, Andriy Romanyuk, Mark W. Rutland, Feeling Smooth: Psychotribological Probing of Molecular Composition
2020 Lisa Skedung, Kathryn L. Harris, Elizabeth S. Collier1, Mark W. Rutland The finishing touches: the role of friction and roughness in haptic perception of surface coatings
Note: Industrial Dynamics Sweden AB has also developed an easy to use method that can be used to measure the exact contact area between your finger and a smooth hard surface.