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Title: Metamaterial-based passive analog processor for wireless vibration sensing

Real-time, low-cost, and wireless mechanical vibration monitoring is necessary for industrial applications to track the operation status of equipment, environmental applications to proactively predict natural disasters, as well as day-to-day applications such as vital sign monitoring. Despite this urgent need, existing solutions, such as laser vibrometers, commercial Wi-Fi devices, and cameras, lack wide practical deployment due to their limited sensitivity and functionality. Here we proposed a fully passive, metamaterial-based vibration processing device, fabricated prototypes working at different frequencies ranging from 5 Hz to 285 Hz, and verified that the device can improve the sensitivity of wireless vibration measurement methods by more than ten times when attached to vibrating surfaces. Additionally, the device realizes an analog real-time vibration filtering/labeling effect, and the device also provides a platform for surface editing, which adds more functionalities to the current non-contact sensing systems. Finally, the working frequency of the device is widely adjustable over orders of magnitudes, broadening its applicability to different applications, such as structural health diagnosis, disaster warning, and vital signal monitoring.

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Communications Engineering
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National Science Foundation
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