A Compact, Wireless, Self-Powered Pushbutton Controller

  • Joseph A. Paradiso
  • Mark Feldmeier
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2201)


We describe a compact piezoelectric pushbutton and associated minimal circuitry that is able to wirelessly transmit a digital ID code to the immediate region (e.g., 50–100 foot radius) upon a single button push, without the need of batteries or other energy sources. Such devices have the potential of enabling controls and interfaces to be introduced into interactive environments without requiring any wiring, optical/acoustic lines of sight, or batteries.


Remote Control Piezoelectric Element Mechanical Resonance Wearable Computing Piezo Element 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Webb, P. and Suggitt, M., Gadgets and Necessities — An Encyclopedia of Household Innovations,” ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA., 2000, pp. 237–238.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Crisan, A., Typing Power, US Patent No. 5,911,529, June 15, 1999.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Johnson, P.M., MacKenzie, R.W., and Reeves, J.R., Transmitter Circuit, US Patent No. 3,796,958, March 12, 1974.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Mitchell, J.P., Piezoelectric Pulse Amplifier, US Patent No. 3,548,314, December 15, 1970.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    The Pipi “Kodomo No Omocha” toy from Tomy corporation, Japan, 1998.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Kymisis, J., Kendall, C., Paradiso, J., Gershenfeld, N., “Parasitic Power Harvesting in Shoes,” Proc. of the Second IEEE International Conference on Wearable Computing, (ISWC), IEEE Computer Society Press, pp. 132–139, October 1998.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Shenck, N. and Paradiso, J., “Energy-Scavenging with Shoe-Mounted Piezoelectrics,” IEEE Micro, Vol. 21, No. 3, May–June 2001, pp. 30–42.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    J. F. Antaki et al., “A Gait Powered Autologous Battery Charging System for Artificial Organs,” Proc. of the 1995 American Society of Artificial Internal Organs Conf., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 1995, pp. M588–M595.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph A. Paradiso
    • 1
  • Mark Feldmeier
    • 1
  1. 1.MIT Media LaboratoryResponsive Environments GroupCambridge

Personalised recommendations