A Tactile Sensor is basically a device that measures information generating from the physical and mechanical interaction with its environment. These sensors are generally used in robotics, computer hardware and security systems. One of the most common applications of these sensors is in touchscreen devices found on mobile phones.
Tactile Sensors are usually modelled after the biological sense of cutaneous touch and they consist of touch sensitive sites. They can sense a range of stimuli to detect the presence or absence of a grasped object. Tactile Sensors are used in automotive, consumer electronics, aerospace, oil & gas, and also in the medical sector. For example, capacitive proximity switches are used in automobile control applications. Advanced sensors are also being incorporated in many medical devices and consumer device products.
The global Tactile Sensors market is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR of 13.1% during 2019 to 2025 and reach USD 130.7 million by 2025. The increasing use of sensors in the automotive, industrial manufacturing, and consumer electronics segment are going to propel the Tactile Sensors market. The growing demand for touchscreen units in the consumer electronics segment is a major driver for the Tactile Sensor market.
Tactile sensing based on different transducing mechanisms has been developed with huge technological efforts and research, as this has potential applications in a number of areas including human-machine interface, intelligent robotics, and minimally-invasive surgeries. Such potential applications are expected to increase the demand for Tactile Sensors in the near future.
The application of Tactile Sensor in automobiles has also been growing at a rapid pace. These sensors are being increasingly incorporated in automobile components like brakes, clutches, door seals, etc. Another trend that may emerge as a game changer is Tactile Sensor clothing as an interactive interface for health monitoring and other applications. Finally, the Tactile Sensor market will also get a major impetus from the adoption of intelligent robots across industry verticals, increasing need for automation, and growing electronic gadget ownership.
Geographically, the Asia-Pacific region dominated the global Tactile Sensor market in 2016, followed by North America and Europe. The dominance of the Asia-Pacific market can be explained by its rapidly expanding industrial base and the presence of major market players in the region. In the coming years too, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at the fastest rate.
The leading market players operating in the global Tactile Sensor market are, Annon Piezo Technology, Tekscan Inc., APC International Ltd., Pressure Profile Systems, Inc., Airmar Technology Corporation, Weiss Robotics, TRS Technologies, Inc., Cirque Corporation, Touch International Inc., Tacterion GmbH, X-Sensors, and Barrett Technology.