SynTouch Announces the BioTac SP

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

LOS ANGELES, California, September 27, 2015 – SynTouch LLC, developer and manufacturer of the only sensor technology in the world that endows robots with the ability to replicate – and sometimes exceed – the human sense of touch, introduces the smaller, stronger BioTac SP which integrates with Shadow Robot Company’s Dexterous Hand. This new technology will debut at IROS 2015 in Hamburg Germany September 28 – October 3, 2015.

Since its launch in 2008, BioTac has been the the world’s most advanced and human-like tactile sensor. Its uniquely biomimetic design provides the same mechanical properties and sensory modalities as the human finger: skin deformation, vibration, temperature.

Now the same BioTac technology has been miniaturized to the BioTac SP – Single Phalanx – design. SynTouch has worked with the Shadow Robot Company to integrate this onto their Dexterous Hand: an anthropomorphic robotic hand. This marks the first time a robotic hand has had both all the sensory capabilities and all the articulations of a human hand.

“The best just got better. The BioTac SP sensor has all the same sensory modalities as the BioTac, in a single-phalanx design that preserves the distal articulations of anthropomorphic hands,” says Matthew Borzage, Head of Business Development at SynTouch.

The BioTac SP uses cutting edge technology to pack even more sensors and capabilities into half the volume with over twice the strength. It provides computing power for on-board feature extraction that can be upgraded through future firmware updates.

Integration systems are now available for highly articulated hands available from Shadow Robot Company and other robotics manufacturers.

About SynTouch
SynTouch LLC developed and makes the only sensor technology in the world that endows robots with the ability to replicate – and sometimes exceed – the human sense of touch. Its lead product – the BioTac – mimics the physical properties and sensory capabilities of the human fingertip. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Los Angeles, SynTouch provides Machine Touch® – complete tactile sensing solutions for industrial, medical and military applications:

About Shadow Robot Company
Shadow Robot Company developed and makes the Shadow Dexterous Hand, a robotic hand with 24 joints and 20 degrees of freedom that is similar in size, shape and form to the human hand. Shadow was founded in 1987 as a team dedicated to developing cutting edge robotics. It has since grown to a thriving business with 20 R&D and production engineers in London, Brest, Madrid and Lviv, and sales globally. Learn more at:


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