Touchscreen based on acoustic pulse recognition with piezoelectric polymer sensors

By Reis, S.; Correia, V.; Martins, M.; Barbosa, G.; Sousa, R.M.; Minas, G.&a

IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics

2010

Abstract

This article describes the concept, design, fabrication and experimental results of a touchscreen based on acoustic pulse recognition. It uses piezoelectric transducers fabricated from the piezoelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF, in its beta phase. The transducers are located at the edges of the panel in order to receive the acoustic pulses generated by the touches. Each transducer is connected to a readout electronic circuit composed by a differential charge amplifier and a comparator, whose output signal is attached to a microcontroller. The microcontroller uses an algorithm to determine the location of the touch, based on the time differences of the transducer signals. The touchscreen itself is made of ordinary glass, providing good durability and optical transparency. The experimental results obtained with the first prototype demonstrate the effectiveness of the method.

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