Piezoelectric film used for new remote that twists and bends

Sep 25, 2011 by Nancy Owano report
Piezoelectric film used for new remote that twists and bends
Leaf Grip Remote Controller using piezoelectric film (sample)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Murata Manufacturing Co. is using high-transparency organic piezoelectric film for its two new devices, a remote control that works by bending and twisting, and a touch-pressure pad that connects to PCs. Murata will ship samples of both devices next year.

Murata says the film they are using has a high piezoelectric output constant; high transparency ( of 98% or higher according to the internal haze measurement) and most notably it is free from the “pyroelectric effect.”

Murata, in its press release announcing the devices, stresses what is special about its film. Conventional piezoelectric films are usually subject to a pyroelectric effect. The company says this is a drawback because they cannot detect bending and twisting vibrations separately from changes in temperature. Murata instead has developed a high-transparency piezoelectric film that is free from the pyroelectric effect. Murata developed the film through a joint research effort with Kansai University and Mitsui Chemicals.

Piezoelectric film used for new remote that twists and bends

That bending and twisting movement is the key feature of its new device for TVs. The device is called the Leaf Grip Remote Controller, and it can convey the tv user’s commands by using a bending and twisting motion. The control device uses two piezoelectric films: one for detecting bends and the other for detecting twists. Murata further describes the remote as using pigments to discharge electrons when it receives light, and is assembled with a photovoltaic cell that converts light into electricity to provide it with a "battery-less feature."

Piezoelectric film used for new remote that twists and bends
Touch pressure pad using piezoelectric film (sample)

Piezoelectric film used for new remote that twists and bends

The second device that Murata announced is a Touch Pressure Pad, which is a panel that can be connected to a PC. The touch panel can detect vertical and horizontal finger movements and can measure the user’s pressure strength. For example, the user can enlarge an image at high speed by pressing the panel firmly and at low speed by pressing the panel lightly.

Murata will exhibit and demonstrate their devices at CEATEC Japan 2011, which will take place from Oct 4, 2011 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. CEATEC is Japsn's IT and electronics trade show. Murata will start to ship samples of the sensor and touch panel in the spring and fall of 2012.

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More information: Press release

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CasusUniversum
5 / 5 (3) Sep 25, 2011
Good tech, but kind of pointless as a remote, buttons are just easier.
1n10spirit
not rated yet Sep 25, 2011
Ditto @CasusUniversum with additional comments. Major drawback on the first device is it takes both hands to operate. The second is too bulky.
Isaacsname
not rated yet Sep 25, 2011
Now If I could operate that with my feet/toes, I might be interested.
DiverseByDesign
not rated yet Sep 25, 2011
Good tech, but kind of pointless as a remote, buttons are just easier.


Agreed. Smart tech, but probably better used as something else.
BradynStanaway
not rated yet Sep 25, 2011
Better used for battlefield medics, emergency response and other more rugged applications.