A Self-Powered Sensor Mimicking Slow- and Fast-Adapting Cutaneous Mechanoreceptors

Kyoung Yong Chun, Young Jun Son, Eun Seok Jeon, Sehan Lee, Chang Soo Han

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Highly efficient human skin systems transmit fast adaptive (FA) and slow adaptive (SA) pulses selectively or consolidatively to the brain for a variety of external stimuli. The integrated analysis of these signals determines how humans perceive external physical stimuli. Here, a self-powered mechanoreceptor sensor based on an artificial ion-channel system combined with a piezoelectric film is presented, which can simultaneously implement FA and SA pulses like human skin. This device detects stimuli with high sensitivity and broad frequency band without external power. For the feasibility study, various stimuli are measured or detected. Vital signs such as the heart rate and ballistocardiogram can be measured simultaneously in real time. Also, a variety of stimuli such as the mechanical stress, surface roughness, and contact by a moving object can be distinguished and detected. This opens new scientific fields to realize the somatic cutaneous sensor of the real skin. Moreover, this new sensing scheme inspired by natural sensing structures is able to mimic the five senses of living creatures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1706299
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Basic Science Research Program (grant nos. 2015R1A2A2A01004751 and 2015R1A2A1A01005931), partially by Center for Advanced Soft Electronics and one of ERC program (grant no. NRF-2016R1A5A1010148) through the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and future Planning, Korea.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • adapting
  • cutaneous
  • mechanoreceptors
  • self-powered
  • sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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