Global Sources
EE Times-Asia
Stay in touch with EE Times Asia
?
EE Times-Asia > Sensors/MEMS
?
?
Sensors/MEMS??

MEMS sensors aim for the human body

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? micro-printing process? organic polymer?

The unique properties of the polymer membranes have unlocked unprecedented possibilities. Their flexibility could help make MEMS sensors more sensitive and MEMS motors more energy efficient. They could be key to better cameras and smartphones with a longer battery life.

But the printing process may deliver the biggest jolt to the field of medicine, where polymer membranes could be used in devices like diagnostic tests and smart prosthetics. There are already bionic limbs that can respond to stimuli from an amputee's nervous system and the external environment, and prosthetic bladders that regulate urination for people paralyzed below the waist. Switching to MEMS made with the polymer membranes could help make such prosthetics more comfortable, efficient, and safer for use on or inside the body.

"The use of new, soft materials in micro devices stretches both the imagination and the limits of technology," Engel indicated, "but introducing polymer MEMS to industry can only be realised with the development of printing technologies that allow for low cost mass production. The team's new polymer membranes can already be quickly and inexpensively produced.

The polymer base for the membranes was supplied along with a grant by French chemical producer Arkema/Piezotech. "They just gave us the material and asked us to see what devices we could create with it," Engel stated.

The next step, she said, is to use the printing process to make functional sensors and actuators almost entirely out of the polymer at the micro- and nano-scales. Such flexible machines could be put to use in things like artificial muscles and screens so flexible that you can roll them up and put them in your pocket.


?First Page?Previous Page 1???2



Article Comments - MEMS sensors aim for the human body
Comments:??
*? You can enter [0] more charecters.
*Verify code:
?
?
Webinars

Seminars

Visit Asia Webinars to learn about the latest in technology and get practical design tips.

?
?
Back to Top