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Tactile Sensor Market Overview
Tactile sensors are data acquisition devices that are based on human haptic touch technology. It is designed to measure force between two surfaces or objects. Rising demand in the consumer electronics products market, increasing adoption of automation and robotics in commercial and industrial electronic systems across end-use industries, and increasing technological developments that result in improvements of sensor features are some key factors driving the global tactile sensor market.
The tactile sensor market on the basis of type is categorized into resistive sensor, capacitive sensor, force/torque sensitive sensor, thermal sensor, piezoresistive sensor, piezoelectric sensor, hydraulic sensor, magnetic sensor, axial arrays sensor, and optical sensor. Among these, the capacitive sensor category held the largest market share in 2018 and is expected to hold the same position. This can be due to the increasing use of touch panels across a diverse range of applications in various industries, such as automotive, healthcare, retail, banking, financial services, and insurance. Also, a growing number of office equipment and ATMs, and rising preference for sensors with high sensitivity, measurement accuracy, and high durability will further drive the growth of the tactile sensor market in the forecast period. However, the axial array category is expected to witness high demand during the forecast period.
The tactile sensor market in terms of application is categorized into robotics, automotive, aerospace and marine, consumer electronics, healthcare, industrial, media & entertainment, and others. The use of tactile sensors in consumer electronics products is estimated to be the highest in this market. The consumer electronics category will continue to grow at a substantial growth rate in the coming future, which will drive the tactile sensor market. The robotic category will also grow at a significant CAGR in the forecast period due to rapidly expanding industrial base and use of robotic technologies. The emergence of modern digital industrial technology, known as Industry 4.0, is a manufacturing revolution that boosts productivity, stimulates economic growth, and changes the workforce profile. This will be driven by rapidly growing technologies of human–machine interaction, such as touch interface and augmented reality. Companies around the world are shifting toward integrating manufacturing and business processes with automation and other innovative technologies. Following this, tactical sensors are widely being used in the automotive industry due to the adoptive haptic feedback technology that is useful in notification systems and providing advanced alerts to drivers.
North America is the leading region in the tactile sensor market and is projected to continue to dominate in the forecast period as well, followed by the European region. The APAC region is forecasted to achieve the fastest growth due to massive demand for consumer electronics products, rising disposable income of the population and growing appliance manufacturing sector. It is coupled with the global shift of the manufacturing units from the North American and European regions to APAC countries, such as China, India, and Taiwan, owing to lower operational cost and less government regulations.
Tactile Sensor Market Dynamics
With the growing usage of touchscreen panels in electronic gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, wearable electronic devices, game controllers, and remotes, the consumer electronics sector drives the growth of the tactile sensor market . In 2019, Pressure Profile Systems Inc. developed a wrist sensor to precisely monitor wrist pressure and use it to map and measure the comfort with wristbands, activity trackers, watch bands, and more. It recognizes areas of high-pressure or discomfort, and helps in improving the health of individuals. Such technological advancements in sensing are boosting the adoption of tactile sensors across various industry verticals.
Tactile Sensor Market Competitive Landscape
The global tactile sensor market is fragmented in nature, with the presence of several companies. Major players in the market are increasingly focusing on product launches to increase their market share.
Some of the key players operating in the market are Pressure Profile Systems Inc., Weiss Robotics GmbH & Co. KG, Cirque Corporation, Tekscan Inc., Barrett Technology LLC, Touch International Inc., Synaptics Incorporated, tacterion GmbH, Airmar Technology Corporation, and Annon Piezo Technology Co. Ltd.
The report also provides a country-wise analysis of the tactile sensor market. The major countries covered in the report are the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.
Market Size Breakdown by Segment
The tactile sensor market report offers comprehensive market segmentation analysis along with market estimation for the period 2014–2030.
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