Murata Manufacturing Co. has developed a transparent film sensor device that could revolutionize the humble remote control.
The sensor device will detect twisting, bending and other movements, suggesting real-life applications for a TV remote control and touch panel.
A prototype remote control made of the new sensor device can change a TV channel if twisted and can lower or raise the volume if bent, the company said.
The new device is scheduled to be displayed at CEATEC Japan 2011, an exhibition of products and technology in information technology and electronics, to be held in Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture from Oct. 4 to Oct. 8.
The film, made of an organic piezoelectric material, which allows electricity resulting from pressure, was developed through joint research between Kansai University and Mitsui Chemicals Inc.
The film was manufactured by Mitsui Chemicals with the use of technology developed by Yoshiro Tajitsu, a professor researching materials at Kansai University.
The device is capable of producing an electrical charge if twisted and sends out information on the movements by converting them into signals.
Another feature of the device is it can accurately detect the strength of pressure exerted by a finger.
The touch panel made with the application of the film can change the size of the display on the monitor in accordance with the degree of pressure.
These features allow the new sensor device to catch and reflect motion in three dimensions, in addition to movements used to handle existing devices.
The company is expected to begin shipment of sample sensor devices and touch panels next year.
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