Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

ScienceDaily | 2/14/2018 | Staff
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The technology, described in a paper published in January in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies, shows that by tearing tissue paper that's loaded with nanocomposites and breaking the paper's fibers, the paper acts as a sensor. It can detect a heartbeat, finger force, finger movement, eyeball movement and more, said Jae-Hyun Chung, a UW associate professor of mechanical engineering and senior author of the research.

"The major innovation is a disposable wearable sensor made with cheap tissue paper," said Chung. "When we break the specimen, it will work as a sensor."

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