Systems/Software: pliance

pliance Hardware

pliance systems offer state of the art technology for pressure distribution measurement between soft and curved surfaces.

As in all physical measuring systems, the most important component is the sensor technology. pliance works with capacitive transducers in a matrix configuration. The elasticity of the sensor mats permits conformability to 3-dimensional deformations.

The pressure transducer elements contain high-tech elastomers manufactured by novel. The restoring force, range of force, threshold, hysteresis, temperature effect, frequency response and other characteristics are determined during the manufacturing process. This makes it possible to adapt the sensor characteristic to different measuring needs. The elastic measuring mats are available in various sizes, sensor configurations and pressure ranges.

novel developed an analyzer technology that not only allows individual calibration curves for each sensor, but also individual dynamic amplification control and crosstalk suppression, resulting in very accurate and reproducible pressure values. The pliance analysis can work with a PC via the USB interface. Notebook computers or even a pocket PC can be used for mobile tests.

The pliance analyzers vary from small portable 16x16 channel units to large 112x112 channel units with a wide range of options, such as master-slave synchronization of several systems, dynamic amplification control, synchronization of video systems and analog inputs for accelerometers.

manugraphy - hand diagnostics

The manugraphy system is an accurate and reliable system designed to measure hand forces while gripping. Until now, functional hand diagnostics only quantify the total force while gripping, such as with a dynamometer. However the manugraphy system, developed by novel, offers a key advantage over the conventional systems: it is able to determine the force of each individual finger as well as the phalanges. The individual force contributed by each part of the hand – the finger, phalanx, or palm – is measured separately.

With this type of a detailed and objective analysis of the different hand locations, the user is able to compare the patient’s hand function in situations such as before and after a surgery. Additionally, the patient’s progress in rehabilitation can be better evaluated. The manugraphy system can also provide audio feedback which can be used in physical therapy. The patient can carry out different gripping exercises independently, and therapy results can be analyzed objectively. Standardized or customized reports can be created.

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Synchronization hardware

Both wired and wireless synchronization is available for the pliance system. The wireless synchronization device allows untethered synchronization with other measurement systems such as motion capture, EMG, video, etc.
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Technical data for pliance-x and pliance-x 32 system

dimensions (mm)


 weight (g)


 number of sensors (max)

256 (pliance x-32 1024)

 measurement frequency

20,000 sensors /second

 storage type

32MB internal flash

 computer interface

fiber optic/USB and Bluetooth TM

 operating system

Windows XP (SP 2 or 3), Vista, 7

 sync option

fiber optic/TTL, in and out

 power supply

NiMH battery


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