‘Sensel’ means “sensor element”, just like “pixel” means “picture element”. A sensel is a fundamental building block used to construct a full touch sensor (just one of our sensors contains tens of thousands of sensels). ‘Morph’ was chosen because the user can transform the application of the product into virtually anything they can think of - via overlays, which are thin, flexible and responsive silicone layers that turn the product from something as simple as a QWERTY keyboard to a MPC controller of video game controller.
Working with the Morph is generally pretty easy. But the Morph can do a lot with a lot of different devices, so here’s a quick start guide to get you up and running quickly.
Below are links to downloads for software and drivers.
The driver for macOS enables more drawing-tablet controls for experimenting with drawing and painting programs.
Windows 7 & 8
Windows 7 & 8 require a simple driver to enable communication with the Morph. View the Quick Start guide for installation instructions.
Everything you need to know about using the Morph is in our online guide.
Get involved in growing the Morph community.
The difference between Pressure Grid Technology and Force Touch Technology is that Force Touch can only detect fingers or objects like a stylus, but can not detect other objects, like paintbrushes or a regular pen. Furthermore, it only senses the overall force (i.e. the total pressure being applied by finger(s) to the touchpad) rather than each individual force. By detecting a full pressure “image”, we can support rich multi-touch interactions and create entirely new ways to interact with the digital world.The strength of Pressure Grid Technology is that it’s the most natural and seamless interaction between human and computer/device. It’s much more sensitive, multi-touch and can detect any object, with the ability to have applications in an array of areas (e.g. music, art, gaming).
Devices that can only detect styli are conductive, whereas the Morph works due to the pressure sensors. Since it detects pressure, it’s able to detect any object. This means you can control it with your bare fingers or even place paper over it and simultaneously draw and digitize art made with pen and pencil.
The Sensel Morph uses a built in lithium polymer battery, with one day of normal use and one week in standby. The battery is charged via USB.
Frame Rate means how fast the array of sensel is scanned. In default, Full Resolution Mode, it detects at 125 Hz (8 ms latency) and in High Speed Mode it detects at 500 Hs (2ms latency).
The morph can be connected to a computer or tablet through either a micro USB cable (included) or via bluetooth (which is especially useful when connecting with a tablet such as an iPad). It will talk to the computer / tablet using standard cross platform protocols appropriate to the use case (so for instance, for music we talk over MIDI, for touch stylus and keyboard input we talk over HID and for lower-level access, we can talk over serial). There is also a developer cable that will allow developers to hook their Morph to an Arduino or Raspberry Pi.
At the moment, the Sensel Morph can be used with the following operating systems and languages: OSX, iOS, Windows, Linux, Serial/Arduino (with developer’s cable) and Android.
The Morph has a 1.25mm sensor pitch with ~0.1mm tracking accuracy (6502 dpi) and ~20,000 sensors.
The Morph can detect over 16,000 levels of pressure with anything weighing from 5g - 5kg.
The Morph weighs 0.4kg and has dimensions of 240 mm width x 169.5mm height x 6.75mm thick.
You can connect multiple devices over USB or Bluetooth, which allows you to use multiple devices at the same time. For instance, you could use several Morphs side-by-side to create an extended piano, or you could have a setup where you’re using one morph as a drawing tablet and another as a QWERTY keyboard. The combinations are endless.
The Morph does not have speakers for music playback. For music applications, the Morph outputs MIDI. This allows you to connect the Morph to popular music software suites and play music through your computer or tablet. It does have a tiny transducer to produce click sounds for some overlays.
Additional overlays will be released periodically by Sensel. API users can 2D or 3D print the overlay (either on paper using the Innovator’s Kit or using a 3D printer) to test out the new interface. In the future, you will also be able to create and program their own overlays through the Overlay Creator.
The Sensel App, which you can download at sensel.com/start, allows you to run the vizualizer and vizualize The Morph’s data, test overlays, update firmware, and customize Overlay button functionality.
You can use flexible materials that are no more than 4 mm depending on stiffness of the material. We recommend Ninjaflex* if you are 3d printing, as we use it internally to prototype overlays. You can also test out on paper or the Innovator's Kit to prototype before 3d printing. *We are not affiliated with Ninjaflex.
Each overlay has magnets embedded in it. These magnets have unique coding for each overlay, and are thus automatically detected by the device.
If you’re a developer, we have an open-source API that allows you to use data from the Morph in various applications. You can choose to get either the raw force image or the touch contact data. We already have support for C/C++, Python, C#, and Arduino. You can see our API on Github. Visit the forum for more information.
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