Biologically inspired sensor-designs are investigated as a possible path to surpass the performance of more traditionally engineered designs. Inspired by crickets, artificial hair sensors have shown the ability to detect minute flow signals. This paper addresses developments in the design, fabrication, interfacing and characterization of biomimetic hair flow-sensors towards sensitive high-density arrays. Improvement of the electrode design of the hair sensors has resulted in a reduction of the smallest hair movements that can be measured. In comparison to the arrayed hairs-sensor design, the detection-limit was arguably improved at least twelve-fold, down to 1 mm s–1 airflow amplitude at 250 Hz as measured in a bandwidth of 3 kHz. The directivity pattern closely resembles a figure-of-eight. These sensitive hair-sensors open possibilities for high-resolution spatio-temporal flow pattern observations.
- TST-Life like
- Biomimetic flow sensors
- Artificial Hair Sensors
Dagamseh, A. M. K., Bruinink, C. M., Wiegerink, R. J., Lammerink, T. S. J., Droogendijk, H., & Krijnen, G. J. M. (2013). Interfacing of differential-capacitive biomimetic hair flow-sensors for optimal sensitivity. Journal of micromechanics and microengineering, 23(3), 035010. https://doi.org/10.1088/0960-1317/23/3/035010