Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Self-powered sensor for human-machine interfacing

Researchers have created a thin-film triboelectric sensor which uses a polymer-nanowire-decorated triboelectric-negative polymer surface to achieve ultrasensitive tactile sensing. The device harnessed the triboelectric charges generated in the polymer surface upon contact with a foreign object to generate an output voltage.  The sensor retained its functionality even when applied to a curved surface.  Demonstrated applications included various alarm systems powered by touch alone.  Approach also offers possibilities for electronic-skin-type technologies. 

Self-Powered, Ultrasensitive, Flexible Tactile Sensors Based on Contact Electrification; G. Zhu et al, Nano Letters;

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