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Touch/Motion Sensor Capabilities

  1. Jun 11, 2012 #1

    I need a little help trying to determine the possibility of incorporating touch and motion sensor technology in material like rubber, plastic or glass. My question is as follows:

    Is it possible to incorporate touch and motion sensor technology in material like rubber, plastic or glass where the absence of touch and/or lack of motion could cause a mechanical reaction?

    If there is a way to accomplish this, by what process is this achieved? How does the lack of the presence of these electronic signals translate into a mechanical reaction?

    I am curious as to whether it is indeed possible for the lack of these signals to produce a mechanical effect. I'm intrigued to know whether touch and motion sensor technology is capable in materials such as silicon, plastic, or rubber.

    I would truly appreciate any insight and thank you for your time! :)
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  3. Jun 11, 2012 #2

    Simon Bridge

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  4. Jun 11, 2012 #3
    Yes, I apologize I was trying to seek full understanding from both the electronic engineer and the mechanical engineer being that my question pertains in part to both areas. My intention was not to spam the forum.

    I apologize also that my question was a bit incoherent and difficult to understand but I will try to rephrase my question. If your answer still remains, I guess I would just seek to further understand how it works :)

    Can touch sensor capability be used within plastics and rubbers themselves (perhaps embedded within the plastic or rubber) and if so can that technology be used to instead of causing an electronic reaction like you'd see in modern cell phone technology where touch results in the opening or use of phone applications, to instead trigger a mechanical action to occur?

    Just in case further coherence is needed let me make it simpler. please refer to the following example:

    I would like to use a material that employs touch technology whether that be rubber or plastic but for this example lets just say plastic- when I touch the plastic, the sensors recognize my touch and this recognition prevents deployment of the device's mechanical feature however, when I stop touching the plastic, the absence of my touch triggers the deployment of the device's mechanical response. Is this possible or is this not possible and if it is possible, I would like to understand what makes it possible or how that could work.

    I hope that my explanation helps to further understand my original question. Again, Thank you in advance for your help
  5. Jun 11, 2012 #4

    Simon Bridge

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    Please see the other thread for the answer to your question.
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