For typical applications, the position and orientation at the sensor end are detected.
For some applications, the current shape forming ist relevant too.
For all applications a concurrent monitoring can be realized: If a part of the sensor-array reaches a critical position. If a sensor assumes a critical shape. If parts of the cable approach critical velocities.
Applications arise wherever flexible connections have to be monitored, for example, cable assemblies or delivery hoses.
The sensors can also be employed for the guidance of heavy machinery and handling fixtures.
In the case of industrial robots a large portion of their downtimes is due to broken cable connections. Such a machine could be halted beforehand reducing the downtime from hours to minutes.
The specification of 3d trajectories of robot movements can be given directly and intuitively.
The sensors can be used for interaction. Thereby a direct and intuitive specification of position information with six degrees of freedom is possible. Machines with lots of joints can be controlled intuitively, by directing target positions. The parameter set of the joint angles can be calculatet automatically by inverse kinematics. The troublesome learning of joysticks correspondencies is obsolete.
Manual assembly tools can be configured in dependence of their position. A torque wrench may realize different moments of force for different screws.
The position information of the sensor shape is updated with high frequency. Thus the velocity at the sensor end can be determined exactly. With this information the automatic dosage of adhesives in dependence of hand movement is feasible. Recordings of trajectories of movement can be used to establish quality of service documentation.
Our sensor technology can be integrated in medical and industrial endoscopes in order to obtain precise positioning information. This increases the manufacturing radiuses only by 1,5mm. Analogously, an employment in so-called rooter systems is possible in order to localize damaged locations.