Ultrathin flexible piezoelectric sensors for monitoring eye fatigue

Lü, C., Wu, S., Lu, B., Zhang, Y., Du, Y. and Feng, X. (2018) Ultrathin flexible piezoelectric sensors for monitoring eye fatigue. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 28(2), 025010. (doi: 10.1088/1361-6439/aaa219)

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Abstract

Eye fatigue is a symptom induced by long-term work of both eyes and brains. Without proper treatment, eye fatigue may incur serious problems. Current studies on detecting eye fatigue mainly focus on computer vision detect technology which can be very unreliable due to occasional bad visual conditions. As a solution, we proposed a wearable conformal in vivo eye fatigue monitoring sensor that contains an array of piezoelectric nanoribbons integrated on an ultrathin flexible substrate. By detecting strains on the skin of eyelid, the sensors may collect information about eye blinking, and, therefore, reveal human's fatigue state. We first report the design and fabrication of the piezoelectric sensor and experimental characterization of voltage responses of the piezoelectric sensors. Under bending stress, the output voltage curves yield key information about the motion of human eyelid. We also develop a theoretical model to reveal the underlying mechanism of detecting eyelid motion. Both mechanical load test and in vivo test are conducted to convince the working performance of the sensors. With satisfied durability and high sensitivity, this sensor may efficiently detect abnormal eyelid motions, such as overlong closure, high blinking frequency, low closing speed and weak gazing strength, and may hopefully provide feedback for assessing eye fatigue in time so that unexpected situations can be prevented.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:CL acknowledges the financial support by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under grant nos 11322216 and 11621062. XF acknowledges the financial support by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under grant no 11320101001.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Du, Mr Yangkun
Authors: Lü, C., Wu, S., Lu, B., Zhang, Y., Du, Y., and Feng, X.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Mathematics
Journal Name:Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Publisher:IOP Publishing
ISSN:0960-1317
ISSN (Online):1361-6439
Published Online:09 January 2018

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