California based BeBop Sensors unveiled a cool application for smart fabrics.
Smart fabrics have huge potential in wearable technology. BeBop Sensors found an incredible useful application for smart fabrics in cars. The new BeBop Sensors Automotive Occupant Classification System (OCS) featuring embedded car seat sensors with intelligent car occupant sensing technology for safer airbag deployment.
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BeBop’s smart fabric sensor OCS continuously takes full seat pressure images real-time, detecting pressure information and movement from the entire seat for all aspects of physical contact between the occupant and the seat, including leaning forward or back, left or right, crossing legs, detecting the rigid bottom of a child’s booster seat, the occupant’s size and weight, and more.
Current weight-based systems only know if something sits on a car seat, no matter if its a grocery bag or a person. Airbag systems could take into account if the person is leaning forward when they deploy.
BeBop’s flexible, waterproof OCS sensor system, at 1 mm, is thin enough to be placed under the seat cover. The fabric-based sensors are substantially lighter than any other liquid-based OCS solutions, ensuring minimal weight is added to the seat construction.
BeBop’s OCS sensors also have no moving parts, further increasing reliability. The sensors are automotive grade (environmental specs and durability) and can be custom designed for any seat in the front or back row.
The video below shows the smart sensor car seat in action. I have never heard of BeBop Sensors before, but Gartner Group just recently added the company to their cool vendors list. The company is just in urgent need of a new logo.
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