5 min. Video User's Manual for Snowboard 2 FSR/Tactile Sensing/Pressure Mapping Development Kit
This video guide will make you know how to use Snowboard 2 within 5 min.
Our customers have been happy with MC1509 force controller and we have had great time working with them. They shared great idea and feedback and we are thrilled to release our new data acquisition electronics for FSR force matrix sensors - MC1600.
MC1600, a successor of MC1509, is fully compatible with all sensors that are designed for MC1509.
MC1600 has many advanced features - elegant housing, higher measurement speed, improved accuracy, and reliable data transmission mechanism.
This product will be an ideal companion for industry engineers, academic researchers, and many other developers who need affordable FSR matrix sensing solution.
To know more about MC1509, please visit MC1600 product page.
Snowforce 3 Video Manual
In this post, we share Snowforce 3 video manual.
Snowforce 3 is Kitronyx proprietary software to handle force/pressure mapping data from Snowboard 2, MC1509, and MC1600.
Snowboard 2 supports FSR matrix sensor as well as popular single point FSR sensors.
This post describes how to measure data from single zone FSR sensors with Snowboard 2.
Snowboard 2 can gather data from 10 single point FSR sensors simultaneously.
Connect your sensors to Snowboard 2 as shown in the photo above.
Then you need to download and unzip FSR Monitor app in download page.
If you are not familiar with Snowboard 2, consult this document first.
Double click 'fsrmonitor.exe'.
FSR Monitor will be shown as below. Click 'CHOOSE PORT' and select a port that your Snowboard 2 is attached.
Click 'START' and gently press sensors. You will see bar graphs changing.
Let's start logging to use FSR data later. Click 'START LOGGING' and click the same button just seconds after.
In data folder you can find CSV file. Open it with Excel or other application that supports CSV formatted file.
In CSV, measurement data is well stored and you can use this information for your future use.
Sensitivity of Snowboard Sensor
This video shows the sensitivity of 1610 sensor of Snowboard. As shown in this video, this sensor responds at 50g force.
We're finalizing our manufacturing process to release MC1509 force controller. This controller supports large sensors whose rows and columns are 48 and 48 respectively. It will take a little time to complete the whole processes. So, we first share our recent progress with regard to software side.
Kitronyx API is being continuously updated and now it supports MC1509 and compatible sensors. In the figures above, you can see screenshots of application written by using Kitronyx API. Our API support Python, C++, and Processing so you can freely choose your favorite development environment to develop your own force sensing applications.
In addition, Snowforce visualization software has been also updated to support MC1509 and large matrix sensors.
Amir Bolzman shared a very exciting work that transforms the Snowboard to a musical instrument. In this post, a tutorial to reproduce his work is provided.
To begin with you will need:
1 x Snowboard
1 x Matrix Sensor 1610
1 x micro USB cable
Connect the Snowboard to your PC. Be sure that you connect the Matrix Sensor 1610 to the Snowboard.
Download and install Cycling74's MAX software. You can download a trial version here.
Download and unzip Amir Bolzman's firmware and software here.
Upload firmware to the Snowboard.
In the unzipped folder, go to SnowMax-master\SnowMax1610 to find and upload SnowMax1610.ino
PS: You can apply this tutorial to the combination of SBFSR10 and single zone FSR sensors.
Snowboard with Max/MSP
Amir Bolzman shared an interesting project using the Snowboard. He transformed the Snowboard into a musical instrument by combining Max/MSP.
Pressure Map is more improved
2D Force Pressure Map with Snowboard
Snowboard can measure force map across an FSR matrix array sensor. This unique feature of Snowboard is very useful if you are interested in implementing a pressure distribution measurement system (a.k.a pressure mapping system).
By default, visualization software of Snowboard shows you 3D force map.
However, you might need to get a 2D force map image. In this case, press '2' key, then the software changes its visualization mode from 3D to 2D force image.
If you feel that the 2D force map image is too weak, then use up/down arrow keys to control the image strength. Upper arrow key will strengthen the signal and the visibility of the 2D force map will be more improved.