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Tactile Display Device

Many devices and systems have been built in the past to display distributed tactile information to the skin. Although applications of such devices are extremely promising, none of the existing tactile displays has succeeded in creating the sensations of 2-D fine textures. We are researching a radically new way of producing artificial and computer-controlled stimuli to the skin. Our design is simple to manufacture, and does not require great integration density. Such devices may also be used to augment or possibly replace visual clues, a capability that existing haptic devices have only to a certain degree. This is applicable to radically new interfaces for use in a number of areas of human activity, including medicine, design, etc...(Figure 5.3)

M. Cruz-Hernandez, V. Hayward

Figure 5.3: Tactile Display

Annual Report

Mon Jun 26 21:22:20 GMT 2000