Tekscan’s Pressure Sensors Used on National Geographic’s Fight Science
Tekscan’s sensors were featured in recent episodes of the National Geographic channel’s Fight Science show to measure the forces and pressures exerted by various weapons and the human body. Fight Science “pits cutting-edge technology against the world’s most complex weapon – the human body.” It was Tekscan’s cutting edge technology that allowed the versatile sensors to be used in a wide-range of settings.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 23, 2010
Tekscan’s sensors were featured in recent episodes of the National Geographic channel’s Fight Science show to measure the forces and pressures exerted by various weapons and the human body. Fight Science “pits cutting-edge technology against the world’s most complex weapon – the human body.” It was Tekscan’s cutting edge technology that allowed the versatile sensors to be used in a wide-range of settings. Whether being used to measure the impact of powerful water cannons or the center of gravity of a man as he balances on an 8 foot pole while dodging ninja stars, Tekscan’s sensors were able to provide reliable quantitative data to meet their goals.
Fight Science Episodes Use Tekscan Sensors to Test the Forces and Pressures of Weapons and Humans
Fight Like an Animal Episode– Those skilled in the art of Crane Style Kung Fu are legendary for keeping perfect balance even while evading lethal attacks. In this episode, flying ninja stars are thrown at a martial artist while he balances on 2, 4, 6 and 8 foot poles. The F-Scan system was used to view the points of high pressure inside his shoes and how he shifts his center of gravity as he dodges the ninja stars. Wearing the untethered F-Scan system so that he was not constrained by wires, the martial artist was able to dodge all of the weapons without once falling off the poles!
Human Weapon Episode– When a sensor was needed to determine how much damage can be done to an attacker with a swift kick to the knee, Tekscan’s durable 5051 sensor was chosen to do the job. The kicker generated 750 pounds of force on the knee of a dummy, almost twice as much needed to rip apart the joint ligaments!
Super Cops Episode- Fight Science set out to reveal just how powerful portable water cannons, used by law enforcement to control crowds, can be. The cannons use only compressed air and water to temporarily incapacitate the person on the receiving end. To show the strength of these cannons, a Tekscan high-resolution sensor is attached to a door that is then destroyed by the water cannon. The set-up of the system allowed the sensor to get wet from the cannon, while the protected electronics and laptop remained dry to carry out the pressure readings. After the water cannon’s strength is proven by demolishing the door, the water cannon is then tested against a brave volunteer wearing a bulletproof vest.
Force and Pressure Mapping Sensors Used for a Variety of Applications
Tekscan’s pressure mapping systems are used by industry leaders for research and development, quality assurance and testing, and prominent universities, hospital and clinicians for use with gait analysis, seating & positioning, prosthetic assessment, and joint analysis applications. For more information on Tekscan systems and the various applications force and pressure sensors can be used for, visit http://www.tekscan.com.
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