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Design and realization of a novel haptic graspable interface for augmenting touch sensations

Pediredla, VK and Chandrasekaran, K and Annamraju, S and Thondiyath, A (2022) Design and realization of a novel haptic graspable interface for augmenting touch sensations. In: Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 9 .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2022.927660


A novel haptic grasper that renders touch sensations to the user in 3-DoF (degrees of freedom), namely linear, rotary, and grasping motions, is presented. The touch sensations of the grasper include the combination of kinesthetic and tactile modalities such as stiffness, texture, and shape. The device is equipped with two swappable modular segments that provide stiffness and shape sensations. To increase the haptic fidelity, the textural surfaces that surround the outer surface of the segments are equipped with vibro-actuators underneath them. These vibro-actuators contribute to increasing the number of perceivable textures by varying amplitude, frequency, duration, and envelope of vibrations. The proposed device is characterized in terms of stiffness, shape and texture rendering capabilities. The experimental results validate the effectiveness of the developed haptic grasper in virtual/remote interactions. Also, the user studies and statistical analysis demonstrate that the users could perceive the high-fidelity haptic feedback with the unified sensations of kinesthetic and tactile cues.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Author(s).
Keywords: haptic interfaces and devices; kinesthetic feedback; mechanism design and analysis; tactile feedback; vibroactuation; virtual/augmented reality
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 09:53
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 09:53
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/77769

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