Paper-based facile capacitive touch arrays for wireless mouse cursor control pad

Myda Arif, Muhammad Hamza Zulfiqar, Muhammad Atif Khan, Muhammad Zubair*, Muhammad Qasim Mehmood*, Yehia Massoud*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Wireless devices have become extremely inexpensive and popular in recent years. The two most significant advantages of wireless devices over wired ones are convenience and flexibility. Considering this, a wireless mouse pad prototype for access has been developed in this study. A capacitive sensors-based mouse pad with basic operations and conventional features has been developed using sensing arrays on paper. A facile, do-it-yourself fabrication process was utilized to develop a cost-effective, thin, wearable, and cleanroom-free wireless mouse cursor control (MCC) pad. The ablation process was used to cut the traces of conductive tape and paste them onto the paper to develop the MCC pad. The pad was connected with Espressif Systems (ESP)32 to wirelessly control the cursor of mobile and laptop. The capacitive touch sensor array-based pad is easy to reproduce and recycle. This pad can contribute to future advancements in thin human-machine interfaces, soft robotics, and medical and healthcare applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere19447
JournalHeliyon
Volume9
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge research funding to the Innovative Technologies Laboratories from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023

Keywords

  • Capacitive sensor
  • Paper-based
  • Touch arrays
  • Touchpad
  • Wireless mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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