Skin-integrated Haptic Interfaces enabled by Scalable Mechanical Actuators for Virtual Reality

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PubDate: Sep 2022

Teams:  City University of Hong Kong;Beihang University;tencent

Writers: Yiming Liu; Chun Ki Yiu; Zhao Zhao; Shiyuan Liu; Xingcan Huang; Wooyoung Park; Jingyou Su; Jingkun Zhou; Tsz Hung Wong;Kuanming Yao;Ling Zhao;Ya Huang;Jiyu Li;Pu Fan;Binbin Zhang;Yuan Dai;Zhenbao Yang;Yuhang Li;Xinge Yu;

PDFSkin-integrated Haptic Interfaces enabled by Scalable Mechanical Actuators for Virtual Reality

Abstract

The very recent concept of metaverse highlights the importance of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), that associates with a wide variety of applications in entertainment, medical treatment, and human machine interfaces. The current VR/AR technologies mainly rely on visual interaction, while immersive experience in VR and AR highly demands sensational feedback, such as haptic and temperature with noticeable quality in wearable or even skin-integrated formarts. In this paper, we report a wearable and flexible haptic interface based on electromagnetic vibrotactile actuators with high wearability and stability. By adopting double layers of copper (Cu) coils at the top and bottom of the magnetic disc, an enhanced electromagnetic field can be generated. Additionally, the intensity of the haptic feedback can be modulated according to sensed pressure in the virtual world by adjusting the value of power input and frequency. The actuator exhibits high stability and tolerance upon environmental, cyclic, and impact resistance tests. Finally, the actuators are developed into the soft VR interfaces for mounting on forearms, fingers and hands to verify their superiority over conventional haptic actuators in the aspects of performance and applications.

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