Flexible and Pixelated Textile Pressure Sensor Fabricated with Weaving Techniques
This research proposes a novel method of fabricating highly sensitive textile-based pressure sensor that can be pixelated through weaving method. We first obtained highly flexible and conductive Kevlar fiber by coating a composite material of Ag nanoparticles and elastomeric polymer. Consequently poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) was coated on the surface of conductive fiber as a dielectric layer. Through weaving method, the PDMS-coated conductive fibers were woven into fabric to form highly sensitive capacitive pressure sensors located at crossed points of the fibers. The highly sensitive pressure sensor was pixelated in the form of arrays via weaving method. Finally, pressure sensors were applied to monitor detection of small vibration forces from music and impact of a bouncing water droplet on a superhydrophobic surface.