world of petroleum exploration and chemical production, the
term Intrinsically safe is taken very seriously.
For those not in this
line of work, the term is probably unknown.
Intrinsically safe means that the environment is extremely
volatile and susceptible to fire. Even the slightest spark
to a harmful explosion. Therefore Intrinsically safe means
a "no-spark" condition in place.
To the uninitiated, this may seem an easy task such as
a match, however it's a bit more complicated. A
little known fact to
most is that regular electronics use mechanical buttons
a tiny spark when the button is pushed.
This small spark has the
potential to lead to a catastrophe so attention
to every little detail is
Lightglove is a patented disruptive
technology based on the concept
of using light to read hand and finger gestures.
Since our technology
optical button, there is no actual physical button to push
and therefore no spark is generated.
Originally developed as a minimalist interface for
those with hand and
finger mobility issues, it was later determined that
the device could be
applied in a "no-spark" capacity.
The fact that our device is a virtual
button that is optically sensed creates a new opportunity for operation
various intrinsically safe environments.
wireless and worn worn on the underside of the wrist like
a watch. LEDs scan the hand area for
gestures and button motion
information which is then relayed
to a computer or heads-up display
creating a spark. This state-of-the-art device can be configured
your specific application requirement.
information regarding Lightglove specifications, please
see our general technology page.
Intrinsically safe basic principles:
In many industrial processes, the
presence of flammable materials (gases,
vapors, liquids, dusts, fibers and flings)
requires the adoption of safety
practices to protect both, plant and personnel,
from the risk of fires and
explosions. An explosion or fire can occur when,
in certain areas at certain
times, an explosive or flammable mixture and a
means of ignition, thermal
or electrical, are present.
more (outside Lightglove
- Intrinsic safety (IS) is a protection
technique for safe operation of electronic equipment in
- An instrument in which electrical energy is
limited such that it will not spark or otherwise ignite a
- Not capable of igniting a flammable
atmosphere under both normal and “fault" conditions.