PyzoFlex: printed piezoelectric pressure sensing foil

Publication, 2012


C. Rendl, P. Greindl, M. Haller, M. Zirkl, B. Stadlober, P. Hartmann - PyzoFlex: printed piezoelectric pressure sensing foil - UIST '12: Proceedings of the 25th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, 2012, pp. 509-518


Ferroelectric material supports both pyro- and piezoelectric effects that can be used for sensing pressures on large, bended surfaces. We present PyzoFlex, a pressure-sensing input device that is based on a ferroelectric material. It is constructed with a sandwich structure of four layers that can be printed easily on any material. We use this material in combination with a high-resolution Anoto-sensing foil to support both hand and pen input tracking. The foil is bendable, energy-efficient, and it can be produced in a printing process. Even a hovering mode is feasible due to its pyroelectric effect. In this paper, we introduce this novel input technology and discuss its benefits and limitations.