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Materials 2017, 10(12), 1450; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10121450

A Wearable Textile 2D Touchpad Sensor Based on Screen-Printing Technology

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Textile Research Institute (AITEX), 03801 Alicante, Spain
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Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación de Reconocimiento Molecular y Desarrollo Tecnológico (IDM), Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Received: 19 October 2017 / Revised: 26 November 2017 / Accepted: 15 December 2017 / Published: 20 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stretchable and Flexible Electronic Materials & Devices)
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Among many of the designs used in the detection of 2D gestures for portable technology, the touchpad is one of the most complex and with more functions to implement. Its development has undergone a great push due to its use in displays, but it is not widely used with other technologies. Its application on textiles could allow a wide range of applications in the field of medicine, sports, etc. Obtaining a flexible, robust touchpad with good response and low cost is one of the objectives of this work. A textile touchpad based on a diamond pattern design using screen printing technology has been developed. This technology is widely used in the textile industry and therefore does not require heavy investments. The developed prototypes were analyzed using a particular controller for projected capacitive technologies (pro-cap), which is the most used in gesture detection. Two different designs were used to obtain the best configuration, obtaining a good result in both cases. View Full-Text
Keywords: wearable sensing; touchpad; textile; screen-printing technology wearable sensing; touchpad; textile; screen-printing technology
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Ferri, J.; Lidón-Roger, J.V.; Moreno, J.; Martinez, G.; Garcia-Breijo, E. A Wearable Textile 2D Touchpad Sensor Based on Screen-Printing Technology. Materials 2017, 10, 1450.

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