Haptic in virtual space

Invention Design

New technology enable us to interact with our environment in new ways. This case study deals with the haptic perception in virtual space, in particular with the tactile and the kinesthetic feedback.

At the beginning of the study, we asked ourselves how the haptic perception can be enhanced by pressure, for example in touchscreen. To understand the role of kinesthetic feedback in virtual space we made at the beginning of the study user testing with a modified glove. The gloves are equipped with pressure sensors. We have found what is the force in the individual fingers for that task.
In the next step, we dealed with the question how surface properties and materials can be represented in the virtual space and how to make this experience for the user. We examined various materials which gave us information the required force to deform.
Following, we transmitted the resulting information to our prototype. A letter case with different materials and with pressure sensors, is intended to simulate a haptic display to the user. Physical input and virtual output. Through a visual interface, the user can experience the force and displacement, which were executed on the physical objects, visually perceive.
The aim was it to create a prototype to do some user testing how human interaction could be innovate through haptic in virtual space.

We used an Arduino Board, the Arduino software and Processing to readout values.
Term 			3. Semester 
Lecturer 		Prof. Jörg Beck 
 				Prof. David Oswald
Team			 Felix Waldkirch