The effectiveness of medical and assistive devices can be increased through the integration of sensory-based intelligence capabilities. Force sensors can be used within robotic grippers to directly provide force feedback during surgery [1]. They can also be embedded in prosthetics, clothes, or furniture to support the everyday tasks of patients. For example, they can be used to improve/regain gait and mobility by being placed inside the shoe of a person who is suffering from muscle and nerve damage [2] or into a treatment couch to measure forces applied during posteroanterior mobilization to the lumbar spine [3]. In addition, the force sensors can be implemented in prosthetic knees as sensory feedback [4] in order to assist transfemoral amputees to walk and run more naturally. Various types of sensors including load cells [3], strain gauges [1...

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