What is Pressure Mapping?

Pressure mapping is simply the measurement and visual reporting of pressure between two contacting surfaces.   In many applications, like in the medical field, pressure mapping technology is used to visualize the contact pressure distribution between the human body and a supporting surface such a seat or a mattress.

There are many uses for pressure mapping in the design and manufacturing of wearable products where comfort and fit are important.  The ergonomics or “feel” of a product are critical in the development of products that repeatedly and frequently come into contact with the body.  


The PPS Pressure Mapping System allows users to visualize contact pressure between the body and wearable products or support surfaces. With a PPS pressure mapping interface, product designers and researchers alike can now quantify and visualize the “feel” of a wearable product or body supporting surface.

We create pressure sensing and visualization systems that are both highly accurate and precise to provide the feedback and measurement designers require.  Additionally, the contact pressure analysis solutions we create are able to withstand the rigors of testing in both the laboratory and in the field.

We went around looking for tactile sensor technologies, but the only sensor we found that could satisfy our requirement was PPS sensor.
— Prof. Samir N. Y. Gerges Ph.D. from Federal University of Santa Catarina