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Wearable wireless tactile display for virtual interactions with soft bodies.

Frediani G, Mazzei D, De Rossi DE, Carpi F - Front Bioeng Biotechnol (2014)

Bottom Line: The device was based on dielectric elastomer actuators, as high-performance electromechanically active polymers.The actuator was arranged at the user's fingertip, integrated within a plastic case, which also hosted a compact high-voltage circuitry.We present the structure of the device and a characterization of it, in terms of electromechanical response and stress relaxation.

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Affiliation: School of Engineering and Material Science, Queen Mary University of London , London , UK.

ABSTRACT
We describe here a wearable, wireless, compact, and lightweight tactile display, able to mechanically stimulate the fingertip of users, so as to simulate contact with soft bodies in virtual environments. The device was based on dielectric elastomer actuators, as high-performance electromechanically active polymers. The actuator was arranged at the user's fingertip, integrated within a plastic case, which also hosted a compact high-voltage circuitry. A custom-made wireless control unit was arranged on the forearm and connected to the display via low-voltage leads. We present the structure of the device and a characterization of it, in terms of electromechanical response and stress relaxation. Furthermore, we present results of a psychophysical test aimed at assessing the ability of the system to generate different levels of force that can be perceived by users.

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Schematic representation of the movement that volunteers where asked to perform during the psychophysical test.
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Figure 5: Schematic representation of the movement that volunteers where asked to perform during the psychophysical test.

Mentions: The subject was asked to wear the tactile display on the dominant hand’s index finger. The subject was instructed to lift and lower the finger several times along the direction orthogonal to the plane, so as to reproduce the movement of probing a surface, as sketched in Figure 5.


Wearable wireless tactile display for virtual interactions with soft bodies.

Frediani G, Mazzei D, De Rossi DE, Carpi F - Front Bioeng Biotechnol (2014)

Schematic representation of the movement that volunteers where asked to perform during the psychophysical test.
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Figure 5: Schematic representation of the movement that volunteers where asked to perform during the psychophysical test.
Mentions: The subject was asked to wear the tactile display on the dominant hand’s index finger. The subject was instructed to lift and lower the finger several times along the direction orthogonal to the plane, so as to reproduce the movement of probing a surface, as sketched in Figure 5.

Bottom Line: The device was based on dielectric elastomer actuators, as high-performance electromechanically active polymers.The actuator was arranged at the user's fingertip, integrated within a plastic case, which also hosted a compact high-voltage circuitry.We present the structure of the device and a characterization of it, in terms of electromechanical response and stress relaxation.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Engineering and Material Science, Queen Mary University of London , London , UK.

ABSTRACT
We describe here a wearable, wireless, compact, and lightweight tactile display, able to mechanically stimulate the fingertip of users, so as to simulate contact with soft bodies in virtual environments. The device was based on dielectric elastomer actuators, as high-performance electromechanically active polymers. The actuator was arranged at the user's fingertip, integrated within a plastic case, which also hosted a compact high-voltage circuitry. A custom-made wireless control unit was arranged on the forearm and connected to the display via low-voltage leads. We present the structure of the device and a characterization of it, in terms of electromechanical response and stress relaxation. Furthermore, we present results of a psychophysical test aimed at assessing the ability of the system to generate different levels of force that can be perceived by users.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus