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Transferring electronic signal (or lack thereof) into mechanical effect

  1. Jun 11, 2012 #1
    Hi,

    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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    Yes.
    Same way as a normally-closed switch.
     
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