FBGs are small and they respond very fast. As such, FBG sensors are significant contributors to minimizing the size of robotic surgery arms and probes while also increasing the “intelligence” of the robot by providing haptic feedback limited only by the computing capabilities of the robot controller and the processing speed of the optical instrument monitoring the FBGs. Subtle pressure changes, temperature variations, and strains are accurately detected and transmitted at the speed of light. A new generation of FBG based probes and smart skins are currently being developed using our family of FBGs.
Endoscopic and other specialized medical fields are also introducing FBG based probes and smart devices to reduce the size and, hence, the level of intrusion when performing tests and procedures on patients. This is a fast growing field and much opportunity awaits.
T60 for extremely tight spaces
T100 as multi-point array strain and temperature sensing element,
T120 for multi-axis strain and shape deformation sensing,
T130 for embedded strain sensing in composites, and other materials