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Characterization of a smartphone size haptic rendering system based on thin-film AlN actuators on glass substrates

Auteur(s) : F. Bernard, F. Casset, J. Danel, C. Chappaz, S. Basrour

Journal : Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

Volume : 26

Doi : 10.1088/0960-1317/26/8/084007

This paper presents for the first time the characterization of a smartphone-size haptic rendering system based on the friction modulation effect. According to previous work and finite element modeling, the homogeneous flexural modes are needed to get the haptic feedback effect. The device studied consists of a thin film AlN transducers deposited on an 110 × 65 mm2 glass substrate. The transducer’s localization on the glass plate allows a transparent central area of 90 × 49 mm2. Electrical and mechanical parameters of the system are extracted from measurement. From this extraction, the electrical impedance matching reduced the applied voltage to 17.5 VAC and the power consumption to 1.53 W at the resonance frequency of the vibrating system to reach the haptic rendering specification. Transient characterizations of the actuation highlight a delay under the dynamic tactile detection. The characterization of the AlN transducers used as sensors, including the noise rejection, the delay or the output charge amplitude allows detections with high accuracy of any variation due to external influences. Those specifications are the first step to a lowpower- consumption feedback-looped system.