1 Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark2 Optical Microsensors and Micromaterials, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark3 Optical Sensor Technology, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
The present invention relates to an encoding device, such as an optical position encoder, for encoding input from an object, and a method for encoding input from an object, for determining a position of an object that interferes with light of the device. The encoding device comprises a light source, a waveguide, a number of redirecting structures, and a detector. By means of the waveguide and the number of redirecting structures, light from the light source is guided towards the detector along a path that includes traversing an area in a space next to the planar waveguide. An object may be positioned in the area in the space and may interfere with the light, which interference may be encoded into a position or activation.