Triboelectrification-enabled touch sensing for self-powered position mapping and dynamic tracking by a flexible and area-scalable sensor array

Xiao Xiao Zhu, Xian Song Meng, Shuang Yang Kuang, Xian Di Wang, Cao Feng Pan, Guang Zhu, Zhong Lin Wang

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Abstract

A touch sensor is essentially a transducer that transforms physical touches into measurable electric signals. Here, we report a fabric-based self-powered triboelectric sensor array. Individual sensing units are constituted by intersections between row electrode lines and column electrode lines that have complementary patterns. When a sensing unit is touched, surface triboelectrification coupled with electrostatic induction generates an output voltage as high as ~25 V on both the row and column electrode lines. Through proper shielding design, exceptionally low crosstalk between adjacent electrode lines is achieved, which gives an optimal crosstalk of 40 dB. A prototype of a visualized sensing system is demonstrated, which can display the position, the trajectory and the approximate profile of multiple contact objects in real time. The ITESA presented in this work does not rely on power supplies and possesses great flexibility as well as robustness. It can be scaled in area and is expected to be used in fields such as robotics, security monitoring, industrial automation, artificial intelligence, and health monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-393
Number of pages7
JournalNano Energy
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Energy conversion
  • Image mapping
  • Sensor array
  • Touch sensor
  • Triboelectrification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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