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"Engineering Haptic Devices" deals with the technological aspects of devices able to deceive haptic perception. It offers a comprehensive introduction for engineers and natural scientists into this wide and interdisciplinary area.
The tactile perception and haptics are essential for humans, as we gain information of structures and surface properties from physical objects by using this sense. Haptics allows us to move and manipulate the physical world. The emphasis of this book is put on technologies to artificially deceive our haptic perception. It starts with a definition of haptics from a physiological point of view and focussing on the loss of haptics in the daily routine in order to emphasize its impact. In the following an overview on products with extraordinary haptic properties builds the bridge to a precise terminology of haptics.
In the second part the book considers concretely technical aspects of haptic manipulations and manipulators. It starts with higher-level subjects like control and kinematics, and proceeds with a detailed discussion of actuators and sensors, detailing the interfaces to and from the surrounding mechanical environment. The final chapter introduces to the fundamental software engineering integrating haptic interaction in virtual reality simulations.
This book serves as a reference work for technologies with a haptic relevance as well as textbook teaching the methods of haptic engineering and haptic applications.
"Engineering Haptic Devices" was written for students or professionals of engineering disciplines or natural sciences.
It has approx. 490 pages with at least 280 figures.