GelSight – handheld Mobile Device

“Portable, non-destructive elastomeric 3D imaging systems.”

GelSight is a MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) spinoff company commercializing a novel non-destructive elastomeric 3D imaging systems.

Our proprietary technology provides extremely detailed and rapid surface measurements based on proprietary, metal-coated elastomeric sensor (« Gel ») filters out optical characteristics.

Specific 3D algorithms convert image data to quantitative local information.

All surfaces of all materials including highly reflective ones can be measured (alloys, aluminium, composite, glass…)

Very well adapted to quantify scratches, drill marks, dents, bevel, discontinuities, etc…

Fast, detailed images captured in few milliseconds

GelSight images can be compared to Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

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  • High-accuracy quantitative 3D data for entire surface vs. depth gauge or 2D profilometer
  • Easy, immediate, and repeatable results vs. laborious or time-consuming processes can be conducted in situ without destruction of disassembly to send off-site
  • Works with reflective and transparent surfaces, such as metal or glass


  • Reduces waste/scrap and non-quality costs
  • Decreases capital need for inventory
  • Improves throughput/productivity for high-cost parts. Enhances documentation/audit trail of data for later reference


  • The elastomeric sensor conforms to the surface topography, revealing detailed surface features regardless of lighting conditions or material reflectivity, e.g., specularity or translucency.
  • The surface detail is displayed on contact, giving instant visual feedback.


The 3D depth map is calculated from images of the surface, providing position, depth, and other derived surface measurements at a high resolution.


The gel can feel the detail of any surface on contact.

Features & Benefits

  • Easy, immediate, and repeatable results
  • Handheld
  • Compact design, low weight
  • Accurate
  • Scanning of glossy, dark and transparent surfaces without pre-treatment

Additional information

Mobile Device

X0.5 Field of View / Magnification

Effective Control surface

16.9mm x 14.1mm


< 0.001 mm


5 MP camera, 75 FPS

Capture Speed


3D Data Speed

3D data available in seconds

Overall dimensions

6cm x 6cm x 22cm, 600 g


USB 3.0 to Tablet or Laptop

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