Low-Cost Inkjet-Printed Fully Passive RFID Tags for Calibration-Free Capacitive/Haptic Sensor Applications

Sangkil Kim*, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Apostolos Georgiadis, Ana Collado, Manos M. Tentzeris

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A fully passive, compact, and low-cost capacitive wireless radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled sensing system for capacitive sensing and other Internet of Things applications is proposed. This calibration-free sensor utilizes a dual-tag topology, which consists of two closely spaced RFID tags with dipole antennas and printed capacitive sensor component connected to one of the tags. A series LC resonator is used to both reduce the antenna size and improve the isolation between the two antennas and the design/optimization steps are discussed in detail. All components except for the RFID chips are inkjet printed on an off-the-shelf photopaper using a silver nanoparticle ink. The complete sensor dimension is 84 mm x 95 mm and the sensor is compatible with EPC Class 1 Gen 2 (UHF) standard reader technology at 915 MHz.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3135-3145
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • Capacitive sensing
  • cross-talk suppression
  • differential sensing
  • inkjet-printing technology
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • remote sensing
  • RFID-enabled sensor
  • RFID
  • wireless sensors
  • haptic sensors


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