FoamSense: Design of three dimensional soft sensors with porous materials

Satoshi Nakamaru, Ryosuke Nakayama, Ryuma Niiyama, Yasuaki Kakehi

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Abstract

Here we report the new soft sensor "FoamSense" that can measure the deformation state of a volumetric soft object such as compressed, bent, twisted and sheared (Figure 1). This sensor is made by impregnating a porous soft object with conductive ink. The design process of FoamSense is explained. We then summarized the features and basic characteristics of some porous materials for designing these sensors appropriately. We also proposed the potential of using digital fabrication for controlling the carrier structure of FoamSense. Proposed porous structure showed an anisotropic sensor characteristic. We discussed the potential and limitation of this approach. Three possible applications are proposed by using FoamSense. FoamSense supports a richer interaction between the user and soft objects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2017 - Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages437-447
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349819
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 20
Event30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2017 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2017 Oct 222017 Oct 25

Other

Other30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2017
CountryCanada
CityQuebec City
Period17/10/2217/10/25

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Keywords

  • Design process
  • Soft sensor
  • Tangible user interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

Cite this

Nakamaru, S., Nakayama, R., Niiyama, R., & Kakehi, Y. (2017). FoamSense: Design of three dimensional soft sensors with porous materials. In UIST 2017 - Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 437-447). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3126594.3126666