In recent times, several attempts have been made by man to mimic natural biomechanics. Natural sense organs have also been targeted. Some of these mechanisms showexceptional sensory performance. The sound sense organ in crickets comes under thiscategory. The cricket intercepts vibrations using an array of hair strands. These hair strands oscillate in response to an incoming signal and produce electrical output for transmission to the cricket’s brain. The performance of this natural sensory organsurpasses that of the modern sound sensors with respect to sensitivity, dynamic range,frequency filtering, and selectivity. This paper brings up the recent development of a biomimetic hair flow sensor working on the same principle.
Bio mimetic hair flow sensors are being developed to act as sound sensors. These sensorswork with micro level hair strands as their receptors. In addition to the resonantamplification obtained by the present day hair sensors, the new sensor aims to providenon resonant amplification. This will allow the sensors to provide selective gain andtunable filtering.
Figure 1. MEMS hair flow sensors fabricated by surface micromachining and using SU-8 Lithography