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Sensors 2016, 16(7), 1045;

Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Mouse Click Motions

Center for Robotics Research, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 02792, Korea
School of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Received: 8 June 2016 / Accepted: 4 July 2016 / Published: 6 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics Devices)
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In this paper, we study energy harvesting from the mouse click motions of a robot finger and a human index finger using a piezoelectric material. The feasibility of energy harvesting from mouse click motions is experimentally and theoretically assessed. The fingers wear a glove with a pocket for including the piezoelectric material. We model the energy harvesting system through the inverse kinematic framework of parallel joints in a finger and the electromechanical coupling equations of the piezoelectric material. The model is validated through energy harvesting experiments in the robot and human fingers with the systematically varying load resistance. We find that energy harvesting is maximized at the matched load resistance to the impedance of the piezoelectric material, and the harvested energy level is tens of nJ. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy harvesting; mouse click motion; piezoelectric material energy harvesting; mouse click motion; piezoelectric material

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Cha, Y.; Hong, J.; Lee, J.; Park, J.-M.; Kim, K. Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Mouse Click Motions. Sensors 2016, 16, 1045.

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