Docking Haptics: Dynamic Combinations Of Grounded And Worn Devices

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PubDate: May 2020

Teams: University College London

Writers: Anthony Steed; Sebastian Friston; Vijay Pawar; David Swapp

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Abstract

Grounded haptic devices can provide a variety of forces but have limited working volumes. Wearable haptic devices operate over a large volume but are relatively restricted in the types of stimuli they can generate. We propose the concept of docking haptics, in which different types of haptic devices are dynamically docked at run time. This creates a hybrid system, where the potential feedback depends on the user’s location. We show a prototype docking haptic workspace, combining a grounded six degree-of-freedom force feedback arm with a hand exoskeleton. We are able to create the sensation of weight on the hand when it is within reach of the grounded device, but away from the grounded device, hand-referenced force feedback is still available.

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