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The present paper examined a novel micromachined column structured Ion Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC) actuator with multidirectional control capability. The developed 4-electrode transducer enclosed a section of optical fiber, thereby allowing electronic directional control of conducted laser light. The fabricated device with IPMC actuator dimensions of 5(More)
This paper presents a swirl-shaped microfeatured ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuator. A novel micromachining process was developed to fabricate an array of IPMC actuators on a glass substrate and to ensure that no shortcircuits occur between the electrodes of the actuator. We demonstrated a microfluidic scheme in which surface tension was used to(More)
This paper presents a smart tuning-fork-shaped ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) clamping actuator for biomedical applications. The two fingers of the actuator, which perform the clamping motion, can be electrically controlled through a unique electrode design on the IPMC material. The generated displacement or strain of the fingers can be sensed using(More)
This paper presents a novel biomimetic robotic arm for dynamic curvature/haptic detection with self-power generation function. The soft robotic arm is fabricated with an ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) material and integrated with a functionalized piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film. This device performs curvature and haptic sensing using(More)
Controlled injection of fluid into a flexible lens chamber has previously produced tunable spherical lenses with spherical aberration problems. This paper presents a novel fluidic-controlled meniscus/biconvex lens system with relatively low distortion. The lens fabrication method is described and manufactured lenses are characterized for different(More)
A compact, low-cost, low power consumption wireless sensor system aiming at ball screws monitoring is proposed in this work. The temperature rise and vibration are monitored during machine operation. Those data can be used to diagnose the health status of the feed drive, leading to an intelligent manufacture.
This paper presents an innovative tuning fork-shaped ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator. With an integrated soft strain gauge and water supply mechanism (WSM), the surface strain of the actuator can be sensed in situ, and providing a continuous water supply maintains the water content inside the IPMC for long-term operation in air. The actuator(More)
This paper proposes a tunable-focus liquid lens implemented with a simple cylindrical container structure and liquid as the lens material. The cylindrical container was constructed using a Pb [Zr(0.52)Ti(0.48)]O(3) (PZT) ring transducer and a polydimethylsiloxane membrane that was attached to a flat side of the transducer. The free surface of the liquid in(More)