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Spatially distributed smart skin seat sensor for high-resolution real-time occupant position tracking
Author(s): James E. Hubbard; Shawn Edward Burke
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Paper Abstract

A 2D spatially distributed smart skin sensor for real-time seat occupant position sensing is presented. The sensor exploits principles of spatial aperture shading of distributed transducers such as piezo-electric polymers and resistors, which are used as the active sensing medium. An example application is presented in which the sensor is used to report passenger position to an automobile air bag control system. The real-time data is used to modulate airbag deployment energies, mitigating passenger injury.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1999
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3674, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (9 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351546
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James E. Hubbard, PhotoSense, Inc. (United States)
Shawn Edward Burke, Boston Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3674:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Jack H. Jacobs, Editor(s)

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