American Journal of Applied Sciences

Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of a Novel Flexible Membrane Tactile Sensor

Goldis Darb Emamieh, Ahmad Ameri, Siamak Najarian and Ali Tavakoli Golpaygani

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2008.122.128

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 5, Issue 2

Pages 122-128

Abstract

In this study, we report the development of a new multi tactile sensor, capable of detecting 2D surface texture image, measuring contact-force, and identifying the difference between stiffness of sensed objects. The designed tactile sensor consists of a chamber and a membrane with a mesa structure. The detecting principle is a combination of membrane deflection and piezoresistance effects. A major advantage of the designed system is that it can be easily miniaturized and micromachined. As a result, it is suitable for using in medical applications, especially in minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

Copyright

© 2008 Goldis Darb Emamieh, Ahmad Ameri, Siamak Najarian and Ali Tavakoli Golpaygani. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.