A self-powered intelligent glove for real-time human-machine gesture interaction based on piezoelectric effect of T-ZnO/PVDF film

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

7 Scopus Citations
View graph of relations


  • Chuanqiang Gao
  • Zhihe Long
  • Tianyan Zhong
  • Shan Liang
  • Lili Xing

Related Research Unit(s)


Original languageEnglish
Article number194004
Journal / PublicationJournal Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number19
Online published16 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2022


In the emerging field of human-machine interaction, intelligent gesture recognition techniques have great application prospects. The traditional use of rigid and over-sized power units has restrained the development of wearable gesture recognition systems. Here, we present a self-powered intelligent glove based on piezoelectric motion sensor arrays for real-time gesture recognition. The system can be confortably worn on human hands, and mainly consists of three parts: a flexible piezoelectric motion sensor based on T-ZnO/PVDF film (T-ZnO, tetrapod ZnO nanostructures), a signal processing module for analyzing the sensing information, and a Bluetooth unit for wireless communication. The system can work without external power, and the piezoelectric output can act as both the energy source of the system and the sensing signal. The working mechanism can be attributed to the piezoelectric effect of T-ZnO/PVDF composites and with flexion and extension of the fingers, a series of pulse signals can be generated and converted into specific corresponding codes. The sensing signal can be wirelessly transmitted to smartphones through the Bluetooth unit, and the phone can recognize the codes corresponding to sign language actions and translate them. This work can potentially promote the development of the next generation of human-machine interaction systems and expand the scope of self-powered techniques and wearable electronics.

Research Area(s)

  • self-powered, intelligent glove, piezoelectric effect, wearable electronics, gesture recognition, TRIBOELECTRIC NANOGENERATOR, ELECTRONIC-SKIN, RECOGNITION, HAND, IMPEDANCE, SYSTEM, MATRIX, SENSOR

Citation Format(s)