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Haptic Device Evaluation in Microgravity

J. Payette, V. Hayward, C. Ramstein

Under computer control, haptic interfaces can create tactile and kinesthesic sensations. One application allows operators to touch virtual objects, for example, icons of graphical displays. An experiment has been designed at the Canadian Astronaut Program to evaluate a haptic device (see ``A Two DOF Planar Haptic Interface: The Pantograph'') in microgravity and compare it to a coventional trackball device. Microgravity flight experiments were performed. A new generation device is being designed and constructed with a view to a Shuttle experiment.

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Fri Nov 26 23:00:32 GMT 1999