Developed by the team at MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group including Artem Dementyev, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and Joe Paradiso, SensorTape is a sensor network in a form factor of a tape that allows users to create large sensor networks.
The ‘tape’ is composed of interconnected and programmable sensor nodes on a flexible electronics sub- strate. Each node can sense its orientation with an inertial measurement unit, allowing deformation self-sensing of the whole tape. Also, nodes sense proximity using time-of-flight infrared. The team developed network architecture to automatically determine the location of each sensor node, as SensorTape is cut and rejoined.
In addition, the team has also developed a graphical interface to program the tape. The video below demonstrates how SensorTape could be produced at scale using current technologies on a 2.3-meter long prototype.
The prototype has been created and demoed using Arduino libraries and Processing 3.