In this paper we report on the latest developments in biomimetic flow-sensors based on the flow sensitive mechano-sensors of crickets. Crickets have one form of acoustic sensing evolved in the form of mechanoreceptive sensory hairs. These filiform hairs are highly perceptive to low-frequency sound with energy sensitivities close to thermal threshold. Arrays of artificial hair sensors have been fabricated using a surface micromachining technology to form suspended silicon nitride membranes and double-layer SU-8 processing to form 1 mm long hairs. Previously, we have shown that these hairs are sensitive to low-frequency sound, using a laser vibrometer setup to detect the movements of the nitride membranes. We have now realized readout electronics to detect the movements capacitively, using electrodes integrated on the membranes.
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society Press|
|Conference||2007 IEEE Sensors|
|Period||28/10/07 → 31/10/07|
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