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Pressure sensor for focus pads

Rajinder

Jan 30, 2016
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Hi all,
I am starting a project that will display the force that someone has hit a focus pad. This will be used for boxing practice.
The idea being yiu hit a focus pad and then a displsy registers how hard you have hit the pad.

I am a little stuck on the method to detect the strike. I was comtemplating using a force sense resistor but this does not cover the whole focus pad area. I was also thinking of using a accelerometer on the glove side to measure the speed.

Initially it will be a wired system, which then i want to make wirelesd.

Does anyone have ideas on how to detect the force on the pads? Any suggestions on the type of sensor i could use.

Thanks in advance.
 

kellys_eye

Jun 25, 2010
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Depends on the punch bag. If it is 'sealed' you could plumb in a simple connection to take the air pressure to a sensor - well, even if it's NOT sealed, it's still possible as you can calibrate for the 'leakage' effect anyway.

Pressure sensors are readily available but consider getting hold of a domestic blood pressure monitor that has all the 'plumbing' and electronics to measure and display pressure levels.
 

OBW0549

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I am a little stuck on the method to detect the strike. I was comtemplating using a force sense resistor but this does not cover the whole focus pad area. I was also thinking of using a accelerometer on the glove side to measure the speed.
I would suggest an accelerometer installed in the focus pad, on the back side; it should do a pretty good job of registering each hit and giving an indication of relative strength.
 
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