Novasentis actuators are a revolutionary, next-generation haptics technology with the unique ability to provide localized, bodily sensations and tactile effects currently unavailable with any other product in the market. These flexible and versatile actuators can be used in a broad range of applications including AR/VR, wearables, sports training, gaming controllers, as well as in visionary products of the future that leverage human-computer interaction. With LiveTouch haptic skin technology designers can add the sense of touch to the surface of products providing:
With LiveTouch haptic skin technology designers can add the sense of
touch to the surface of products providing:
Novasentis’ thin, ﬂexible actuators are made from a unique electro-active polymer ﬁlm that delivers piezoelectric effects at lower operating voltages, when compared to traditional piezoelectric. In an unpowered state, the molecular structure of the ﬁlm is randomly aligned. When powered, the molecules align in a direction that elongates the ﬁlm, creating the piezoelectric effect.
Bonding or integrating our actuator to a rigid substrate transforms actuator elongation into out-of-plane vibration, creating the haptic effect. Because our integrated haptic devices vibrate well over a large range of frequencies, they enhance user experience with rich, low frequencies that provide pleasant sensations and higher frequencies that impart the detail and overtones creating effects with unusually natural sensations. In fact, they can produce audible sound when they vibrate in response to audio signals, similar to speakers. Amazingly enough, our actuators can simultaneously provide both haptic and audio feedback.
WORLD-CLASS SUPPLY CHAIN
Novasentis has partnered with the most innovative organizations in the world to create a high-capacity, consumer market scale supply chain capable of providing every needed sub-component and technology. This includes resin formulation & production, film casting, actuators manufacturing, flex attachment and final product integration together with the needed electronics to drive the actuators, to provide the needed touch sensation.
ARKEMA is Novasentis’
supplier of our proprietary polymers.
Arkema is the global leader in the development of high-performance electroactive polymers. Arkema’s mission is to provide practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation, and the need for lighter materials. For the seventh consecutive year, Arkema has been ranked among the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators. Arkema has 10 research centers and operates in more than 40 countries.
ARMOR is Novasentis’
partner and supplier of our unique electroactive polymer ﬁlm.
They are a global leader in high volume and high technology film-based products including thermal transfer films, current collectors, and organic photovoltaics. ARMOR is the undisputed expert in formulation, high precision coatings, and film converting, with over 90 years of experience in formulation and coating development and #1 global market share in targeted markets.
KEMET Electronics Corporation uses their advanced component manufacturing capabilities to manufacture and deliver Novasentis actuators.
They are a leading global supplier of electronic components, offering customers the broadest selection of capacitor technologies in the industry. In addition to capacitor-based products, KEMET products include an expanding range of electromechanical devices, electromagnetic compatibility solutions and supercapacitors. KEMET is a preferred supplier of electronic component solutions for customers demanding the highest standards of quality, delivery and service.
We have partnered with Microchip to create the smallest chipset for the haptic application and are further miniaturizing the chip in the near future. The advantages are:
Optimized to drive
Priced for consumer
Up to +235V output
Novasentis actuators replace eccentric rotating mass (ERMs) and linear resonant actuators (LRAs) to enable a natural user interaction.
bring unique advantages including:
Providing a natural sense of touch
Increasing sense of realism
Increasing immersion combining audio/visual/touch
Enhancing user satisfaction
Variable Haptic Alerts: programmable haptic feedback that feels natural, providing a rich user experience
Localized HD Haptics: Novasentis actuators, unlike LRAs and ERMs, don’t shake the entire device and can be embedded into products to vibrate when and where it matters. For example, different haptic alerts can convey a variety of information
Our actuators are a much thinner, lighter, and more flexible alternative to other whole-body haptic solutions that use outdated motors like ERMs and LRAs.
Novasentis actuators greatly increase the feel and functionality of smart devices, offering the following features:
Extremely thin and flexible, enabling them to be conformally embedded into a variety surfaces for many applications to provide high quality haptic feedback
Wide frequency range, from Hz to kHz, provides haptic and audio feedback
Varying texture effects, that are specific to the input file (like a song), providing for unique, multi-dimensional user experiences not possible with other current technologies
Multi-location effects, whereby multiple actuators can be applied to different locations of the same surface and vibrated in a desired order to deliver a plurality of feedback approaches that combine pattern recognition and effect recognition. Novasentis’ technology lays the foundation for developing computer-man interfaces based on a new haptic language