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Buttons on Demand Sliding Mechanism Driven by Smart Materials and Mechanical Design

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School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore
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College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610066, China
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan
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Actuators 2021, 10(10), 251; https://doi.org/10.3390/act10100251
Received: 14 August 2021 / Revised: 20 September 2021 / Accepted: 24 September 2021 / Published: 29 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Shape Memory Alloy Actuators)
In this paper, we describe a novel human interaction platform in a car, called buttons on demand, that will serve as buttons inside the interior of a car, which can be called upon and activated when required but remain concealed and inactive when not required. The mechanism to obtain such interaction is driven by a combination of smart materials and mechanical design. The elaboration of smart materials and mechanical design employed to achieve this mechanism is discussed. A demonstration of how the buttons on demand mechanism described in this paper can potentially substitute or minimize the use of bulkier physical buttons in cars and provide the user with haptic and tactile feedback with low power consumption and fast response time is also presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: buttons on demand; smart material; shape memory material; mechanical design; mechanism; buttons interaction buttons on demand; smart material; shape memory material; mechanical design; mechanism; buttons interaction
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Renata, C.; Kalairaj, M.S.; Chen, H.M.; Lau, G.K.; Huang, W.M. Buttons on Demand Sliding Mechanism Driven by Smart Materials and Mechanical Design. Actuators 2021, 10, 251. https://doi.org/10.3390/act10100251

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Renata C, Kalairaj MS, Chen HM, Lau GK, Huang WM. Buttons on Demand Sliding Mechanism Driven by Smart Materials and Mechanical Design. Actuators. 2021; 10(10):251. https://doi.org/10.3390/act10100251

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Renata, Christianto, Manivannan S. Kalairaj, Hong M. Chen, Gih K. Lau, and Wei M. Huang. 2021. "Buttons on Demand Sliding Mechanism Driven by Smart Materials and Mechanical Design" Actuators 10, no. 10: 251. https://doi.org/10.3390/act10100251

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