December 2016

Tekscan leaps to the future with a focus on tablet-based apps to improve mobility and enhance user experience

By LER Staff

Tekscan, the Boston-based developer of tactile pressure measurement systems and software, is building on its user-friendly technology with a new focus on freeing its practitioner-users from their desks and laptops with seamless interfaces between mobile devices and the company’s sensors and software.

“What’s resonating with clinicians is mobility, and being able to use a single device for multiple tasks,” said Peter Gantchev, Tekscan’s medical product manager.

Tekscan is responding to this need by developing tablet applications for its In-Shoe and MobileMat Systems.

As part of this transition into the mobile domain, Tekscan will be making most of its new software available for the tablet. This starts with the launch of RetailPRO, a tablet-based retail application that’s designed specifically for shoe, orthotic, insole and footwear accessory vendors. It will eventually be followed by the Clinical In-Shoe, another tablet-based system that will expand the market for InShoe measurement systems currently served by the company’s F-Scan system.

These improvements are accompanied by other innovative developments in Tekscan’s product line. In August 2016, it launched the SB Mat, a new platform product that features a wider active sensing area that is capable of accommodating actions like squats, lunges and other functional tests.

“We think this new platform will become an essential tool for athletic trainers and physical therapists to perform various assessments of their patients to evaluate the effectiveness of rehabilitation or strength and conditioning programs,” Gantchev said.

“What’s resonating with clinicians is mobility, and being able to use a single device for multiple tasks.”

— Peter Gantchev, Tekscan’s medical product manager

In the near future, Tekscan also plans to roll out a new walkway system. This product is similar to the company’s existing walkway that uses pressure measurement for gait analysis, but it will be much easier to use and transport. The new walkway’s unique design and improved mobility, Gantchev notes, will make it a “game-changer” for the company and the industry.

In its continued shift toward mobility, Tekscan will introduce several major updates in 2017. The company is looking to launch new protocol-driven SportsAT software that will allow users to fully leverage the SB Mat Platform. The software will recognize lunge tests, squat tests and other functional tests while automatically generating reports on subjects’ performance.

Tekscan’s F-Scan, an in-shoe pressure measurement and analysis system designed to capture timing and pressure information for foot function and gait analysis, will also receive attention this year. Simplification, Gantchev hopes, will boost F-Scan’s presence in clinical offices.

“Toward the end of 2017, we’re looking to redo our F-Scan product with a more clinically-focused system,” Gantchev said. “This will make In-Shoe Measurement Systems more accessible to the clinical space by simplifying its overall usage. The new system will be easy to set up and will come equipped with tablet-based, protocol-driven software.”

User experience remains top-of-mind as the company moves into the New Year.  Tekscan’s dedication to enhancing product mobility and ease of use will not only significantly influence its market penetration over the coming years, but it will also continue to foster interdependent customer relationships across the globe.

About Tekscan Inc.

Located in the Innovation District of Boston, Tekscan has been in business since 1987. During that time, the company has perfected its product, team and process to ensure all customers expectations are completely met. Today, the team stands at over 100 employees strong.

Tekscan’s patented tactile force and pressure sensing solutions provide customers with the actionable information they need to optimize product design and improve clinical and research outcomes. Its sensors and systems are used across a wide range of applications within test and measurement, medical, dental, and retail; as stand-alone solutions or as embedded technology to create better and differentiated products.

 

Tekscan is and has always been committed to quality. Sensor design, manufacturing, and production happen at its company-owned ISO 9001 & 13485-certified facility. Its technical team is made up of electrical and mechanical engineers who consult directly with customers throughout each step of the sensor design process, from conception through production.

Continuous innovation drives Tekscan forward and concretizes its world-leading position in the area of tactile sensing. The company invests over 14% of revenues in R&D and Innovation, which is similar to Google and Microsoft, higher than the industry averages of Health & Medical (12%) and Computer & Electronics (8.8%), and much higher than the average U.S. company (under 5%).

Tekscan’s passion for innovation, broad expertise and commitment to quality help turn your vision into reality.

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