Paper accelerometers…wot the?

4 February 2011—Tiny microscale accelerometers revolutionized car air-bag deployment systems in the mid-1990s. Costing a few dollars apiece and just a few millimeters wide, these sensitive microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices carved from silicon replaced a bulky, multicomponent deployment system that used to cost more than US $50.
Now researchers at Harvard have fashioned a MEMS force sensor that’s so cheap it could be disposable. It’s made from paper, and each one costs four cents. The team presented the design and experimental results of the device at the IEEE MEMS 2011 conference last week.
The new device emulates the piezoresistive silicon MEMS sensors that are at the heart of many modern accelerometers. Piezoresistance is the change in resistivity when a material is under mechanical stress. Aside from air-bag deployment, MEMS accelerometers are used to monitor vibrations in buildings and bridges, to triggerhard-disk protection in falling laptops, and to sense motion in iPhones and Wii remotes.

(full article http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/devices/paper-accelerometer-could-mean-disposable-devices)

something to incorperate into our plastic monitoring technology to drive the cost even lower?

Dr. Daniel James

Queensland Sports Technology Cluster
Centre for Wireless Monitoring and Applications, Griffith University
Centre of Excellence for Applied Sport Science Research, Queensland Academy of Sport
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About Daniel James

Dan has been working with technology ever since he discovered he had opposable thumbs. Along the way he worked in sports technology, radio physics, glaciology, IT in banking, cognitive psychology and sports science. Before parenthood took over he enjoyed playing classical music, adventure sports and dabbling in martial arts. Today AFK finds him camping and wrestling with his boys.

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