BeBop Sensors Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based developer of smart fabric sensor technology, has been included in Gartner Inc.’s list of “Cool Vendors” in the “Cool Vendors in Using IoT-Enabled Humans Instead of Robots, 2016.” Vendors selected for Gartner’s report are innovative, impactful and intriguing.
According to Michele Reitz, lead author and analyst at Gartner, “Robots promise to revolutionize business, but humans are more flexible. CTOs should review operations and processes for opportunities to improve safety, performance and satisfaction by enhancing humans with Internet of Things technologies… new technologies that enable embedding sensors and actuators directly into fabric or clothing will enable wearables that more seamlessly integrate humans as virtual endpoints in the Internet of Things (IoT).”
BeBop Sensors comprehend force, location, size, weight, shape and presence across any size, resolution and geometry. Its core sensor technology was originally deployed by Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI), which now has over 2 million smart fabric sensors in daily use in its musical instrument products. In 2014, BeBop Sensors was spun out of KMI to take advantage of the growing need for practical fabric sensors.