Design of Life-Size Haptic Environments

Yoky Matsuoka and W.T. Townsend
Experimental Robotics VII, Rus and Singh, ed., 2001

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Brake-actuated haptic devices, a subset of passive haptic devices, are not yet common, so their capabilities and limitations are only superfi cially understood. In this paper, we identify an optimal kinematics, and introduce a prototype of a life-size brake-actuated haptic device. With the new device, we conducted experiments with human subjects to evaluate the efficacy of passively created virtual environments. We identifi ed key performance drawbacks that modern robotics theories fail to anticipate and overcome, and investigated design methods that can avoid such drawbacks.

Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Medical Robotics Technology Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Neurobotics Laboratory
Number of pages: 10

Text Reference
Yoky Matsuoka and W.T. Townsend, "Design of Life-Size Haptic Environments," Experimental Robotics VII, Rus and Singh, ed., 2001

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Yoky Matsuoka and W.T. Townsend",
   editor = "Rus and Singh",
   title = "Design of Life-Size Haptic Environments",
   booktitle = "Experimental Robotics VII",
   year = "2001",