Wireless controlling of a toy robot using silver nanowire coated spandex yarns

Gürarslan A.

JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL TEXTILES, vol.49, no.1, pp.46-57, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1528083718772301
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.46-57
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this work silver nanowires were synthesized and drop casted on a commercial spandex yarn to create an electrically conductive spandex. These yarns are used in a wearable electronic application as touched-based capacitive sensor to wirelessly control a toy robot, BB8. Touching the conductive yarns triggers a control mechanism that is integrated with touch recognition system which communicates wirelessly accompanying with electronic systems to run the B88 robot mechanism. This study demonstrates a wearable electronic application that is on the human-machine interface. Similar systems can be used in many other wearable electronic applications and can be turned to marketable products.