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Haptic interfaces and devices

Vincent Hayward (Center for Intelligent Machines, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Oliver R. Astley (GE Corporate Research and Development, Niskayuna, USA)
Manuel Cruz‐Hernandez (Immersion Canada, Inc., Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Danny Grant (Immersion Canada, Inc., Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Gabriel Robles‐De‐La‐Torre (Programa de Investigación en Matemáticas Aplicadas y, Computación, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, México City, México)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 March 2004



Haptic interfaces enable person‐machine communication through touch, and most commonly, in response to user movements. We comment on a distinct property of haptic interfaces, that of providing for simultaneous information exchange between a user and a machine. We also comment on the fact that, like other kinds of displays, they can take advantage of both the strengths and the limitations of human perception. The paper then proceeds with a description of the components and the modus operandi of haptic interfaces, followed by a list of current and prospective applications and a discussion of a cross‐section of current device designs.



Hayward, V., Astley, O.R., Cruz‐Hernandez, M., Grant, D. and Robles‐De‐La‐Torre, G. (2004), "Haptic interfaces and devices", Sensor Review, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 16-29.



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