Footwear Retailing - Foot Gauge.
The Clarks Foot-gauge illustrates Sensatech sensing technology providing an effective sensing solution within retailing. Some years ago Sensatech staff identified the potential to measure feet using a matrix of multiplexed capacitive sensors.
After approaching Clarks International, the UK largest retailer of children's shoes, the two companies came to an agreement to develop the Clarks Foot-gauge.
The Clarks Foot-gauge now assists Clarks retailing staff, in their stores across the UK and Ireland, by accurately measuring children's feet and helping them to fit the best shoes from their wide range including half sizes and various width fits.
Clarks International believe their Foot-gauge is now the most used children's Foot-gauge in the United Kingdom.
See also: Applications - Foot Measuring
Through the glass or vandal proof keyboards.
The ability of capacitive sensors to detect targets through other objects or materials such as glass or perspex makes this technique very suitable for the construction of keyboards which can operate on a touch or no touch principle, remaining protected, with no moving parts, behind a sacrificial surface.
What this means for retailing is the potential for:
Product or display protection
As with the reversing sensor, and robotic control and protection, it is possible to throw an electric field around an object which can be used to detect presence or proximity. This technique can be used to protect objects in retail establishments perhaps by sounding alarms if items of value are disturbed. (note a number of other techniques are also available and in use within retailing)