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Sensors 2018, 18(10), 3300;

Low-Cost Graphite on Paper Pressure Sensor for a Robot Gripper with a Trivial Fabrication Process

Griffith School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD 4111, Australia
Research Group of Environmental Health, Sumitomo Chemical Ltd., Hyogo 665-8555, Japan
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Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 28 September 2018 / Accepted: 28 September 2018 / Published: 1 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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A flexible pressure sensor with a rudimentary, ultra-low cost, and solvent-free fabrication process is presented in this paper. The sensor has a graphite-on-paper stacked paper structure, which deforms and restores its shape when pressure is applied and released, showing an exceptionally fast response and relaxation time of ≈0.4 ms with a sensitivity of −5%/Pa. Repeatability of the sensor over 1000 cycles indicates an excellent long-term stability. The sensor demonstrated fast and reliable human touch interface, and successfully integrated into a robot gripper to detect grasping forces, showing high promise for use in robotics, human interface, and touch devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: graphite on paper; paper switch; resistive pressure sensor graphite on paper; paper switch; resistive pressure sensor

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Fastier-Wooller, J.; Dinh, T.; Dau, V.T.; Phan, H.-P.; Yang, F.; Dao, D.V. Low-Cost Graphite on Paper Pressure Sensor for a Robot Gripper with a Trivial Fabrication Process. Sensors 2018, 18, 3300.

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