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1. WO2016205375 - MICROFLUIDIC ACTUATORS WITH INTEGRATED ADDRESSING

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1 . A fluidic logic and actuator system for outputting a displacement comprising:

a fluidic logic circuitry layer having a fluidic control input and a plurality of fluidic latching memory units, at least some of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units being configured to perform combinatorial and sequential logic functions and output a fluid response; and

a fluid actuator layer having a plurality of fluid actuators, each of the plurality of fluid actuators being movable in response to the fluid response of a corresponding one of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units.

2. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 , further comprising:

an interface layer having a plurality of movable tactile features each displaceable in response to movement of each of the plurality of fluid actuators.

3. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 2 wherein each of the plurality of tactile features is a tactile pin.

4. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 2 wherein the interface layer is removably mounted to the fluid actuator layer.

5. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 2 wherein the interface layer is integrally formed with the fluid actuator layer.

6. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 wherein each of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units is responsive to a pressure-encoded binary signal having a high and low pressure.

7. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 , further comprising:

a substrate having the fluidic logic circuitry layer and the fluid actuator layer incorporated therein.

8. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 wherein the fluidic control input is operably coupled to the plurality of fluidic latching memory units such that the number of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units is greater than the number of the fluidic control input.

9. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 wherein at least one of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units comprises a flip-flop being used as a memory element and a gated input.

10. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 wherein at least one of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units comprises a fluidic NOT gate.

1 1 . The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 10 wherein the fluidic NOT gate comprises a pressure-controlled flow valve in series with a resistive line between a high and low pressure source.

12. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 wherein the fluidic logic circuitry layer comprises a pressure-controlled flow valve.

13. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 12 wherein the pressure-controlled flow valve comprises:

a first layer having a valve gate;

a second layer having a valve seat;

a control membrane operably disposed between the first layer and the second layer to form a drain and a source, the member being operably moveable in response to fluid response within the valve gate such that an applied fluid response at the valve gate results in the control membrane contacting the valve seat thereby preventing fluid flow between the drain and the source and reduced fluid response at the valve gate results in the control membrane being spaced apart from the valve seat thereby permitting fluid flow between the drain and the source.

14. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 13 wherein the pressure-controlled flow valve defines a pressure-gain configuration when the valve seat is biased against the control membrane.

15. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 wherein at least one of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units being configured to exert a corresponding pressure on an adjacent one of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units.

16. The fluidic logic and actuator system according to Claim 1 wherein a first of the plurality of fluid actuators is arranged in series with a second of the plurality of fluid actuators such that movement of the first fluid actuator is selectively additive to movement of the second fluid actuator.