Recent Progress on Soft Transducers for Sensor Networks

  • Seiki ChibaEmail author
  • Mikio Waki
  • Koji Fujita
  • Zheqiang Song
  • Kazuhiro Ohyama
  • Shijie Zhu


Moving a society away from mass production and mass disposal to value-adding manufacturing and economical use of resources is no easy task. Toward this endeavor, the development of renewable energy technology will be fundamental. As part of this, some principal undertakings will be to construct a global sensor network, plan the optimization of energy for manufacturing, and determine the need for manufactured goods for waste reduction. This paper discusses dielectric elastomer (DE) sensor network systems using a DE electric generator. We will also discuss their present status and methods for introducing a commercial model.

In our most recent study, DEs have demonstrated substantial potential to harvest energy from a variety of environmental sources, such as ocean waves, wind, water streams (including Karman vortices), solar heat, and human motion. Our study also explored the use of DE sensors with generators for remote monitoring and patient treatment.

Major industries like agriculture, fishery, and forestry have begun to turn to IoT using wireless networks to increase productivity and value. Often used outdoors, these systems must be designed with great consideration for the source and efficiency of their electricity supply. A DE capable of generating electricity from a variety of energy sources can be used to power DE sensor systems.

The combination of DE power-generating systems with various DE sensing systems will also make it possible to conduct sensing on a global scale and may even make significant contributions to the development of systems that protect human lives from disease, natural disasters, and other emergencies.


Dielectric elastomer Power generator Sensor Actuator EAP Artificial muscle IoT LCE Global network 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seiki Chiba
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mikio Waki
    • 2
  • Koji Fujita
    • 3
  • Zheqiang Song
    • 4
  • Kazuhiro Ohyama
    • 4
  • Shijie Zhu
    • 4
  1. 1.Chiba Science InstituteTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Wits Inc.SakuraJapan
  3. 3.Japan Aerospace Exploration AgencSagamiharaJapan
  4. 4.Fukuoka Institute of TechnologyFukuokaJapan

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