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Haptic Device Evaluation in Microgravity

Haptic interfaces can create under computer control tactile and kinesthesic sensations. One application is to allow 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.

J. Payette, V. Hayward, C. Ramstein

Annual Report

Mon Jun 26 21:22:20 GMT 2000