—Haptics refers to recognizing objects through tactile feedback and haptic technology refers to applying forces to the user’s hand, allowing the user to “feel” objects in a virtual environment. Haptics technology is an emerging field in developing countries and is being increasingly used in simulation and virtual training environment. Since haptic applications use specialized hardware to provide tactile feedback to the user, the costs are considerable limiting the study of haptics and the processes of designing haptic devices in general. In this paper, a simple, inexpensive single dimensional haptic device is presented. This simple design offers a basic didactic platform to explore and study haptic interfaces. The role of haptics in surgical simulators has been studied and how this simple tool can be modified to function as a basic simulator tool has been explored. In providing this simple design, users can experiment with possible variations with ease.
—Haptics, haptic tool, simulation.
Anupama Thomas is with the Department of Bioengineering, Christian Medical College ,Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India (e-mail: reganupthomas@ cmcvellore.ac.in).
Prabhav N Reddy is with the School of Bio- Sciences and Technology, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, TamilNadu,India (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
George Mathew is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Medical School, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Jl. Boulevard Jen Sudirman, Lippo Karawaci Tangerang 15811–Indonesia (e-mail: gmathewvellore @ yahoo. com).
Cite:Anupama Thomas, Prabhav N. Reddy, and George Mathew, "A Simple, Inexpensive 1-D Haptic Tool," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 220-222, 2014.