We have developed a robotic interface to train hand and finger function. HandCARE is a Cable-Actuated REhabilitation system, in which each finger is attached to an instrumented cable loop allowing force control and a predominantly linear displacement. The device, whose designed is based on biomechanical measurements, can assist the subject in opening and… (More)
We present a multisensor designed for industrial compressed air diagnostics and combining the measurement of pressure, flow, and temperature, integrated with the corresponding signal conditioning electronics in a single low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) package. The developed sensor may be soldered onto an integrated electro-fluidic platform by using… (More)
To improve the ligament balancing procedure during total knee arthroplasty a force-sensing device to intraoperatively measure knee joint forces and moments has been developed. It consists of two sensitive plates, one for each condyle, a tibial base plate and a set of spaces to adapt the device thickness to the patient-specific tibiofemoral gap. Each… (More)
• Purpose: The resistivity dependence on temperature of composite resistors made of carbon fillers dispersed in an organic matrix are known to be strongly affected by the matrix thermal expansion. High positive temperature coefficient (PTC) effects, i.e. essentially switching from resistive to quasi-insulating behaviour, can be caused by phase changes in… (More)
The nature and the role of 1 to 5 nm thick TiO 2 seed layers for the growth of textured PbTiO 3 and Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3 thin films on textured Pt(111) thin film substrates have been studied. Under otherwise identical in situ sputter deposition process conditions, the PbTiO 3 texture could be turned from (100) to (111) orientation by adding the seed layer. This is… (More)
h i g h l i g h t s g r a p h i c a l a b s t r a c t The assembly and operation of a micro-power plant is successfully demonstrated. The micro-power plant consists of micro-SOFCs, a micro-reactor and a gas carrier. Above 470 C the system run thermally independent. The internal reformation of butane reached a H 2 yield of 60 at.%. An OCV of 1.0 V and a… (More)
Low temperature micro-solid oxide fuel cell (micro-SOFC) systems are an attractive alternative power source for small-size portable electronic devices due to their high energy efficiency and density. Here, we report on a thermally self-sustainable reformer – micro-SOFC assembly. The device consists of a micro-reformer bonded to a silicon chip containing 30… (More)
Deposition, integration and application issues of ferroelectric thin films are briefly reviewed. Applications in ultrasonic micromotors and infra-red sensors are treated in more detail. Current results on stress measurements across the ferroelectric phase transition and on pyroelectric devices are presented.