Recently, Kuchenbacker et al. It can sense the differences in probe tip force by continuous measurement of tip deflection with respect to a known spring constant by using Hall Effect sensor.  the thickness of a multilayered structure is measured with an accuracy less than 10 μm for the individual layers. Thus, having a replica in intelligent machines that have been developed for robotic surgery remains a thing of focus in the world today. The SA units show an active and continuous response to sustained deformations, whereas rapid adapting RA units respond to physical deformations. Meissner corpuscles are representative of RA-I mechanoreceptors; they innervate the skin and deal with the low-frequency vibrations, grip control, motion detection, and tapping [36, 37]. Effects of different parameters on the sensing performance of a soft capacitor fiber are also studied. The remanent polarization (Pr), of the piezoelectric polymer film, and the charge neutrality condition result in the appearance of fixed charges ± Q on the surface of polymer. The haptic sense is combining sensory stimulations of both the cutaneous and kinesthetic subsystems, in purpose to perform and stimuli body activities efficiently.  observed that both pathways provide a classification of tactile stimuli by temporal-to-spatial conversion at the level of second-order neurons, which can function as a coincidence detector. Both the sensor’s output electrical current and light are proportional to the pressure on the sensor. Our quadruple tactile sensor consists of a skin-inspired multilayer microstructure. When piezoelectric polymer is polarized along thickness and the mechanical stress is also applied along this direction, the mechanical stress T3, the electric field E3, and the electric displacement D3 are related as (Dahiya et al., 2009c,d; Dahiya, 2015): Figure 4.4. The pressure sensitivity of the bulk resistance is useful to sense touch (recall the high sensitivity for small forces), to measure gripping force and for tactile sensing. Due the possibility variations in electrode structure and dielectric layer design, capacitive tactile sensors have a wide domain for applications in different area such as e-skin, touch screens, and surgical robotics. When the plastic that covers the sensor is pressed, the nanoparticle layers become closer and an electrical current flows. Therefore, calibration procedures should be carried out to minimize the influence of these non-idealities. A. Davies et al., “Systematic doping control of CVD graphene transistors with functionalized aromatic self-assembled monolayers,”, W. Chen, X. Gui, B. Liang et al., “Structural engineering for high sensitivity, ultrathin pressure sensors based on wrinkled graphene and anodic aluminum oxide membrane,”, S. Chun, Y. Choi, and W. 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Müllen, “Graphene as transparent electrode material for organic electronics,”, J. S. Lee, K.-Y. By equation (3), the performance of tactile sensing systems can be improved by using materials of small thickness and high capacitances for the dielectric layers. (e) The output voltage simulated using the finite element method with different contact areas. Sekitani et al. (a) A sensory node incorporates 4 distinct sensors: a reference temperature sensor, a thermal conductivity sensor, and contact force and hardness sensors. 1.4 ), Air bubbles volume in liquids (example: PVDF-based T/R system, burst mode at 2 MHz bursts ), Speed of sound measurement (example: acoustic resonance determination by a piezoelectric (ceramic) tube ), Automotive (example: active suspension control; ToF measurement of backside vehicle to ground, 40 kHz burst mode ), Body movement (example: head movement relative to a computer screen, using three transmitters on the head and three receivers near the screen ), Paper roughness (using the roughness-dependent reflection of ultrasound ). When a finger comes in very close proximity with the circuit layer the capacitance of the circuit is changed and the signal is sent to the controller that the “button” has been pressed. However, in many applications the resolution requirements are not severe.  reported a skin-inspired, highly stretchable sensor with conformable matrix networks (SCMNs), based on a structured polyimide network, as shown in Figure 5. In this section we focus on ultrasonic measurement of the deformation, which is mostly based on the ToF method. offer new avenues for cost-effective bio-inspired hardware allowing skin sensor hardware to conform to the 3D curved surfaces. Finally in Ref. The structure of POSFET touch sensing device, shown in Figure 4.4 (inset), is similar to a metal-ferroelectric-metal-insulator-semiconductor FeRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory). Usually such systems comprise an array of transducers with relatively large spacing . One of the difficulties in such a system is to distinguish between multiple objects and between various shapes returning similar echo patterns. It has a layered architecture specifically designed to enhance the grasp and to assist in object-handling tasks of the gripper. A common application of tactile sensors is in touchscreen devices on m… The comparison of the tested features of POSFET tactile sensing arrays with the cutaneous/tactile sense of human fingertips, Iyani N. Kalupahana, ... Hongliang Ren, in Control Systems Design of Bio-Robotics and Bio-mechatronics with Advanced Applications, 2020. Similar to the suction module, a small tube is inserted between the layers to facilitate actuation. Note that the current through the selected column electrode a can be quite large, in particular when many taxels on this column are loaded and thus have low resistance values to ground. Thin metal wires that acted as sensing electrodes were stitched on the conductive polymer matrix. Robotic grasping, manipulation, and related activities will be based on measurement of the tactile stimuli. Thin polyimide film (Kapton) was used as a supporting structure, and PVDF and polyhydroxybutirate (PHB) were used as sensor elements. [, (a) Modified FlexiForce sensor mounted on the top and bottom jaws of the Cadiere grasper for the da Vinci System. [25–27]. Typical approaches for resistive-metal based sensors involve a flexible array of tactile sensors with each sensory element consisting of piezoresistive metal capable of sensing stress/shear forces (Engel et al., 2003b; Hwang et al., 2007). Finally, this survey contains some of the limitations and challenges of each technical aspect and some notable improvements that have been made in the research trends. , where the conductive elastomer is mounted on top of a silicon wafer, provided with electrodes and electronic circuitry to measure the (pressure sensitive) contact resistance. Figure 4.31. The kinesthetic subsystem acquires sensory information received through mechanoreceptors located in the muscles, joints, and tendons of the human body system. Figure 4.21. The stiffness palpation method proposed in can distinguish vein from surrounding tissue. , is able to detect the friction coefficient, basically by measuring the resonance frequencies of an elastic cavity comprising a transmitter–receiver combination. A snapshot of the binary images, obtained from the normalized response of various taxels, is also shown in Figure 4.6(c). These tactile sensors are based on different technologies, mainly resistive or capacitive, but they share common errors like hysteresis, mismatching (this term is similar to the term “fixed pattern noise” used for other 2D-matrix sensors such as digital imaging sensors) or drift. (2010) presented a highly twistable artificial skin by dispensing conductive polymer on a grid of sensing electrodes. Van Hoe et al., “Flexible shear sensor based on embedded optoelectronic components,”, Y. Noh, S. Sareh, J. Therefore the use of anisotropic elastomers has been proposed: this material shows a high conductivity in one direction and a low conductivity in perpendicular direction (see for instance Ref. A 4 × 4 multitaxel piezoresistive fabric-based tactile sensor provides the necessary tactile feedback. One of the direct fallouts of reduced RC constant is the faster response and improved range of frequencies. The tactile feedback in the system was evaluated by 16 novices and 4 experts peg transfer tasks, as reported by King et al. A small tube of diameter 1 mm was inserted into the spacer layer as a channel for the pneumatic actuation. The POSFET (Piezoelectric Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) devices-based tactile sensing arrays presented in this section have been designed for spatiotemporal parameters similar to that of cutaneous sensing at human fingertip. We are committed to sharing findings related to COVID-19 as quickly as possible. However, a survey of the research shows that this is still an emerging field with scientific and technical challenges requiring extensive work. The ToF, determined by the layer thickness and the acoustic velocity, amounts to about 5 μs. The most recent version of POSFET chips have reduced number of taxels, i.e., 4 × 4, for optimal use of interconnects when sensors are read in row-column fashion (Dahiya et al., 2013, 2014). Glued onto the elastic layer, the conductive electrodes affect significantly the elastic properties of the pressure sensitive material. Ruffini endings are representative of SA-II mechanoreceptors; they detect sensations and perceive the stretching of skin around joints and fingernails as well as helping in the detection of finger motion and position and the perception of object shape . (b) The DNN architecture for tactile sensing (reprinted from Ref. Most popular is the row–column readout, accomplished by a line grid of highly conductive electrodes on either side of the elastomer, making right angles and thus defining the pressure points of the sensor matrix (Figure 4.21A). Silicon-based tactile sensors have proven to provide high sensitivity, high spatial resolution and ease of integration into electronic devices. The layers are attached together using silicon glue to form a single suction module of dimensions 20 mm × 20 mm × 6 mm approximately. Broadly defined, capacitance is the ability of a capacitor to store electrical charge. The detection of small defects requires waves with a correspondingly short wavelength and therefore a much higher frequency compared to applications in air, typically in the MHz range. Vibration measurements (example: a vibrating cantilever, phase detection of an 80 kHz sound wave ), Seam tracking (example: short-range scanning with a MHz piezoelectric transducer with focusing surface ), Respiratory air flow (example: two CW waves from piezoelectric transducers, with slightly different frequencies ), Liquid level (example: in bottles, 220 kHz piezoelectric sensors, burst mode ; as an acoustic resonator ), Go/no-go decision on product quality (example: quality of foundry pieces; signature imaging and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) for identification ; defect detection in food can production line: same method, according to Fig. The spatial resolution of these “maps” is as good as that achieved by human touch. Once the general principles of tactile sensing were discovered, they could be applied to enable robotic systems to interact with objects in their environment in a similar manner to humans, i.e., machines can analyze objects based on their physical properties such as pressure, dynamic strain, surface texture, and shear for recognition and interaction . Two popular mechanisms employed in piezoresistive-based tactile sensing can be broadly classified into: resistive-metal based sensing, and conductive-polymer based sensing. The response of POSFET touch sensing device is linear, shown in Figure 4.5(c), over tested range of dynamic normal forces (0.15–5 N, sinusoidal 20 Hz). Table 4.2. For an accurate characterization of large objects (3–10 m), a set of transmitters/receivers is positioned around the object in such a way that together they cover the whole area of interest. The MR cell sponge showed superior result; thus, it has been verified for surgical robotic applications . Also, it can be mounted in RMIS devices . A 100-nm-thick film is built on an electrode-coated glass backing. This has motivated engineers as well as researchers to employ tactile sensing based on piezoresistive effects in various medical and industrial applications . The first part is a rigid tendon-driven modular anthropomorphic gripper which acts as a skeleton for the whole device (Fig. Surgeons depend on robotics assistance because they can provide high-resolution view which makes RMIS broadly applied in various operations such as thyroid surgeries, hysterectomies, and prostatectomies . Du, S. Pei, L. Ma, and H.-M. Cheng, “25th anniversary article: carbon nanotube- and graphene-based transparent conductive films for optoelectronic devices,”, C. Cheng and D. Li, “Solvated graphenes: an emerging class of functional soft materials,”, N. Cernetic, S. Wu, J. Equation (2) accounts for the electrical resistance, where ρ is the resistivity, L is the length, and A is the cross-sectional area of the conductor . However due to the continuous nature of the resistivity of the sheet, the selected taxel resistance is shunted by resistances of all other taxels, as can be seen in the model of the tactile sensor given in Figure 4.21B. While the tendons control the overall gripping motion and the orientation of the hand, the soft layers provide contact modulation to improve the grip. The sheet material acts as a spatial low-pass filter in the transduction from applied force at the top to the measurement side at the bottom of the sheet . Materials with good electrical conductivity, low-cost, and mechanical flexibility have become great candidates for developing piezocapacitive tactile sensors. Each mechanoreceptor responds to a specific kind of mechanical stimuli and is differentiated from the other by the structure of its receptive fields and the adaption rate. Most resistive tactile sensors are based on some kind of piezoresistive elastomer and are of the cutaneous type. Moreover, mechanical flexibility of electronic systems is also required to develop devices based on human-machine interface. Matthew S. Johannes, ... Julio J. Santos-Munne, in Wearable Robotics, 2020. For a parallel-plate capacitor, the capacitance can be described with by equation (3), where ε0 is the permittivity of vacuum, εr is the relative static permittivity of the dielectric layer between two plates, A is the area of overlap between the two parallel plates, and d is the distance between two parallel plates: Changes in the overlap and distance enable effective measurement of the shear forces, strain, and pressure that are applied on the sensing structure [62, 63]. A typical problem to be overcome in this approach is to obtain image data that are position and orientation invariant. Individually, mechanoreceptors appear as jelly-like materials located under the human skin . Description of sensory touch receptors in glabrous human skin (source: adapted from [, Schematic illustrations for four typical transduction mechanisms of tactile sensors: (a), piezoresistive, (b) piezocapacitive, (c) piezoelectric, and (d) triboelectric (adapted from Ref. By measuring these parameters over a relevant frequency range, various liquid properties can be deduced or evaluated. Even when the inter-electrode resistances Rab and R12 are large compared to the taxel resistances, the selected taxel resistance is shunted by Ra2+R2b+Rb1. Figure 2(d) shows the triboelectric mechanism operating on the same material in different states. Consequently, over the past two decades, tactile sensing has evolved and been widely explored by many research groups, with remarkable achievements in covering not only the fingertip or hands of humanoid robots, but also their whole bodies. Both the force applied as well as the compliance of the tissue/object sensed can be measured using their sensor. Another solution is given in Ref. This results in accumulation of charge carriers at the surface of the semiconductor—according to the polarization direction. (b) Photograph shows the silicone tissue phantom with blood vessel inclusions and dermal phantom (adapted with permission from Ref. The pressure sensitive part of each taxel consists of the two crossing areas between row and column. Tactile sensors fabricated with nanomaterials have high mechanical flexibility and chemical resistance, which enable them to be used in e-skin and a variety of robotics applications. Usually a piezoelectric material is used, allowing small dimensions of the taxels. General design aspects of tactile sensors have been considered in Section 4.4.3 on resistive sensors, where the aspect of taxel selection was also discussed. Additionally, sensor probe was characterized for machine tool with a computer numerical controlled tool with respect to various parameter setting such as silicone cylinders (1.58–4.75 mm), at varying subcutaneous depth (1–5 mm) with sliding speed (0.5–21 mm/s) and range of indentation depths (0–8 mm). A real-world stimulus may vary both in time and space. The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. Shin, O. J. Cheong, J. H. Kim, and J. Jang, “Highly sensitive and multifunctional tactile sensor using free-standing ZnO/PVDF thin film with graphene electrodes for pressure and temperature monitoring,”, L. Li, Z. Lou, W. Han, and G. 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